grits

[ grits ]
/ grɪts /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Also called hominy grits. coarsely ground hominy, boiled and sometimes then fried, eaten as a breakfast dish or as a side dish with meats.
grain hulled and coarsely ground.

Origin of grits

before 900; Middle English gryttes (plural), Old English gryt(t); cognate with German Grütze

Definition for grits (2 of 2)

grit
[ grit ]
/ grɪt /

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.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grit

grit·less, adjectivegrit·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grits (1 of 3)

grits
/ (ɡrɪts) /

pl n

hulled and coarsely ground grain

Word Origin for grits

Old English grytt; related to Old High German gruzzi; see great, grit

British Dictionary definitions for grits (2 of 3)

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 grits (3 of 3)

Grit
/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun, adjective Canadian

an informal word for Liberal
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