noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- griswold versus connecticut,
- grit one's teeth,
- gritti-stokes amputation,
Origin of grits
verb (used with object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
verb (used without object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
Origin of grit
Examples from the Web for grits
The cafeteria style stop is basically a comfort food joint—think baby back ribs, shrimp and grits, and gumbo—done well.Delayed? The Best Airport Restaurants to Eat at This Thanksgiving|Brandy Zadrozny|November 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Grits Jarvis, his son, who had inherited the talent, was also contraband.A Far Country, Complete|Winston Churchill
Hulled corn, hominy, and grits, all require prolonged cooking.Science in the Kitchen.|Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
The Princess laughed with delight and drank the coffee, grits and all.The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight|Elizabeth von Arnim
It contains in the middle what geologists call flags and grits, but the larger part of it is slates.Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
Rice and fine hominy (grits) are to be thought of first, as being easily digested and nourishing.
Word Origin for grits
verb grits, gritting or gritted
Word Origin for grit
noun, adjective Canadian
plural of grit "coarsely ground grain," Old English grytt (plural grytta) "coarse meal, groats, grits," from Proto-Germanic *grutja-, from the same root as grit, the two words having influenced one another in sound development.
In American English, corn-based grits and hominy (q.v.) were used interchangeably in Colonial times. Later, hominy meant whole kernels that had been skinned but not ground, but in the U.S. South, hominy meant skinned kernels that could be ground coarsely to make grits. In New Orleans, whole kernels are big hominy and ground kernels little hominy.
Old English greot "sand, dust, earth, gravel," from Proto-Germanic *greutan "tiny particles of crushed rock" (cf. Old Saxon griot, Old Frisian gret, Old Norse grjot "rock, stone," German Grieß "grit, sand"), from PIE *ghreu- "rub, grind" (cf. Lithuanian grudas "corn, kernel," Old Church Slavonic gruda "clod"). Sense of "pluck, spirit" first recorded American English, 1808.
"make a grating sound," 1762, probably from grit (n.). Related: Gritted; gritting.