noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of groats
Origin of groat
Examples from the Web for groats
Historical Examples of groats
But this being so, and you but half-hearted, I tell you, it is too dangerous a game to play for groats.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
You silly boy, we don't play for groats here as you do at Cambridge.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
W. M. Thackeray
A practical conversation about groats, a goose, and a quarrel with Grandmother.
"A goose, stuffed with groats, would be acceptable," put in Raisky.
First we peeped in the window between the glasses of groats.What Happened to Inger Johanne
Word Origin for groats
Word Origin for groat
"hulled grain coarsely ground or crushed; oatmeal," early 14c., from grot "piece, fragment," from Old English grot "particle," from same root as grit. The word also meant "excrement in pellets" (mid-15c.).
medieval European coin, late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great, big" (in sense of "thick"); see great. Recognized from 13c. in various nations, in 14c. it was roughly one-eighth an ounce of silver; the English groat coined 1351-2 was worth four pence. Also cf. groschen.