noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of groats
Origin of groat
Examples from the Web for groats
His chance was now weak indeed, quite like Grantham gruel, three groats to a gallon of water.
Search in the larder revealed the groats, and the nurse began the cooking over the gas-stove.Married Life|May Edginton
If I had said a peck of groats he could not have appeared more indifferent.A Transient Guest|Edgar Saltus
The poems of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries mention soups made of peas, of bacon, of vegetables, and of groats.
You will find water in that pail, and the groats in that cupboard.Polish Fairy Tales|A. J. Glinski
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.