- hulled grain, as wheat or oats, broken into fragments.
- hulled kernels of oats, buckwheat, or barley.
Origin of groats
- a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.
Origin of groat
Examples from the Web for 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
- the hulled and crushed grain of oats, wheat, or certain other cereals
- the parts of oat kernels used as food
- an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
Word Origin and History for groats
"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.