[gris-uh l]


cartilage, especially in meats.

Origin of gristle

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristal; akin to Old English grost cartillage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gristle

  • Savor the perfectly pitched ear required to turn a simple phrase like “a dumpling, some knurled pouch of gristle.”

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Historical Examples of gristle

British Dictionary definitions for gristle



cartilage, esp when in meat
Derived Formsgristly, adjectivegristliness, noun

Word Origin for gristle

Old English gristle; related to Old Frisian, Middle Low German gristel
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Word Origin and History for gristle

Old English gristle "cartilage," related to grost "gristle," from a common West Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German gristel, Old High German crostila, Middle High German gruschel) of obscure origin.

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