adjective, grit·ti·er, grit·ti·est.

consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
resolute and courageous; plucky.

Origin of gritty

First recorded in 1590–1600; grit + -y1
Related formsgrit·ti·ly, adverbgrit·ti·ness, nounun·grit·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of gritty

  • At this point in his reflections Wakefield's elbows began to feel rough and gritty.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • It promised to be a glorious day, and London was stifling and gritty.

  • They felt the tops of their caps—they and the deck were gritty.

    Washed Ashore

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • "It was gritty of Ralph to shut the bridge and stop 'em for you," went on the old man.

    The Young Bridge-Tender

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • Chris called it gritty, and said it was the sand—to himself.

    The Peril Finders

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for gritty


adjective -tier or -tiest

courageous; hardy; resolute
of, like, or containing grit
Derived Formsgrittily, adverbgrittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gritty

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper