Dictionary.com

grit

[ grit ]
/ grɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: grit / gritted / gritting on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Idioms about grit

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM grit

gritless, adjectivegritter, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use grit in a sentence

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 forms of grit

gritless, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK