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gritty

[grit-ee]
adjective, grit·ti·er, grit·ti·est.
  1. consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
  2. resolute and courageous; plucky.
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Origin of gritty

First recorded in 1590–1600; grit + -y1
Related formsgrit·ti·ly, adverbgrit·ti·ness, nounun·grit·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grittiness

gritty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. courageous; hardy; resolute
  2. of, like, or containing grit
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Derived Formsgrittily, adverbgrittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grittiness

gritty

adj.

1590s, from grit + -y (2). In sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.), from 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread. Related: Grittily; grittiness.

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