noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of grits
verb (used with object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
verb (used without object), grit·ted, grit·ting.
Origin of grit
Synonyms for grit
Related Words for gritsperseverance, spunk, toughness, guts, tenacity, fortitude, moxie, spirit, daring, powder, dust, gravel, pebbles, sand, nerve, gameness, spine, backbone, pluck
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Contemporary Examples of 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
November 27, 2013
Historical Examples of grits
We ate hominy, mush, grits and pone bread for the most part.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
There are sandstones, shales, and grits, with ferruginous joints.British Borneo
W. H. Treacher
There was a strip of bacon a few inches thick, some flour, grits—and these were about all.Fred Fenton on the Track
And, secondly, since Grits Jarvis was contraband, nothing was to be said about him.
Grits Jarvis, his son, who had inherited the talent, was also contraband.
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.