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 grittinggrate, rub, scrape, crush, clamp, grit, whet, smooth, abrade, file, polish, gnash, sand
Examples from the Web for gritting
Contemporary Examples of gritting
But down below, millions of Londoners from the queen on down are gritting their teeth and plugging their ears.London Mayor’s Race Shapes Up as a Grudge Match Between Ken Livingstone And Boris Johnson
May 2, 2012
But her husband, who could tell she was gritting her teeth just to get through the encounter, bailed out.The Female Sex-Pain Mystery
March 27, 2010
Normally in Hollywood, you'd think 'Oh, these people are being nice to each other publicly and they're gritting their teeth.'Behind Oscar's Biggest Battle
February 3, 2010
Historical Examples of gritting
(It was only the amusing John gritting his teeth, I am able to explain).The Blunders of a Bashful Man
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
"The feeling is coming back, my boy," said the Phoenix, gritting its beak.David and the Phoenix
"I'm afraid it has," replied his comrade, gritting his teeth with displeasure.The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon
Colon turned on the prisoner with a black face, and gritting teeth.Fred Fenton on the Crew
Gritting his teeth on the bit of his pipe, Russ cursed soundlessly.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- the spreading of grit on road surfaces to render them less slippery for vehicles during icy weather
- (as modifier)gritting lorries
verb grits, gritting or gritted
Word Origin for grit
noun, adjective Canadian
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.