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grit

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noun

verb (used with object), grit·ted, grit·ting.

to cause to grind or grate together.

verb (used without object), grit·ted, grit·ting.

to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.

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gristle, gristly, gristmill, griswold, griswold versus connecticut, grit, grit one's teeth, grith, grits, gritter, gritti-stokes amputation

Idioms

    grit one's teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.

Origin of grit

before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit, Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess, Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits
SYNONYMS FOR grit
Related formsgrit·less, adjectivegrit·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grit (1 of 2)

grit

/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun

verb grits, gritting or gritted

to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
Derived Formsgritless, adjective

Word Origin for grit

Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel

British Dictionary definitions for grit (2 of 2)

Grit

/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun, adjective Canadian

an informal word for Liberal
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