- the essential substance or details of a matter; basics; crux: Let's skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty.
- fundamental, detailed, or probing: nitty-gritty questions.
- direct and practical: nitty-gritty advice; a nitty-gritty system.
Origin of nitty-gritty
Related Wordskernel, substance, gist, core, fundamentals, essence, focus, reality, heart, quintessence, basics, soul, root, meat
Examples from the Web for nitty-gritty
The dramatic popularization of a phrase like “nitty-gritty” demonstrates that language is always changing across social contexts.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist
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In terms of the nitty-gritty of writing, George brings the skill set of being able to get it out on paper pretty quickly.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman
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It gives a pleasant sense of transgression, of really being in the nitty-gritty.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures
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But have you heard about the actual 60 minutes of nitty-gritty playtime?What Time is the Super Bowl?
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Webb was never wild about some of the nitty-gritty aspects of elected office and was not a very assiduous fundraiser.Olympia Snowe, Jim Webb, Ben Nelson, More Moderate Retiring Senators
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- the nitty-gritty informal the basic facts of a matter, situation, etc; the core
Word Origin and History for nitty-gritty
"basic facts," 1961, knitty-gritty, American English, said to have been chiefly used by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from nit and grits "finely ground corn." As an adjective from 1966.