[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. griswold,
  2. griswold versus connecticut,
  3. grit,
  4. grit one's teeth,
  5. grith,
  6. gritter,
  7. gritti-stokes amputation,
  8. gritting,
  9. gritty,
  10. grivation

Origin of grits

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


[ grit ]
/ grɪt /


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

Related formsgrit·less, adjectivegrit·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


/ (ɡrɪt) /


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


/ (ɡrɪt) /

noun, adjective Canadian

an informal word for Liberal
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