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Dictionary Definition

gritty adj
1 composed of or covered with relatively large particles; "granular sugar"; "gritty sand" [syn: farinaceous, coarse-grained, grainy, granular, granulose, mealy, sandy]
2 willing to face danger [syn: game, gamy, gamey, mettlesome, spirited, spunky] [also: grittiest, grittier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; caused by grit; full of hard particles.
  2. Spirited; resolute; unyielding.
  3. In the context of "film|literature": Intense and starkly realistic, esp. if violent.


Containing sand or grit
Spirited; resolute; unyielding
Intense and starkly realistic, esp. if violent

Extensive Definition

Grit can refer to:
  • The mesh or unit of measure for sandpaper and other polishing materials
  • Grit (geology) or grus (geology), a clastic sediment composed of hard, often abrasive granules of a size range between sand and pebbles, typically from exfoliation of bedrock (typically granite)
    • Gritstone, a sedimentary rock formed by diagenesis of grit
  • Grits, a corn-based food common in the Southern United States and Southern Manchuria
    • GRITS (derived from the above meaning) is an American slang term short for Girls Raised In The South
    • GRIT (derived from the above meaning) is an American military slang term for someone from the South.
    • Grits, a derogatory slang term in the Middle Atlantic United States referring to caucasian working class people, a synonym for redneck
  • A substance made available to domestic fowl to aid in digestion, as a gastrolith.

Other uses

  • the inability to give up; strong character; pluck
  • Road salt, used to prevent ice forming on roads
  • Grit (newspaper), a U.S. periodical founded as a newspaper in 1882
  • Clear Grits, reformers in the Province of Upper Canada, a British colony that is now the Province of Ontario, Canada
  • Grits, a media term for the Liberal Party of Canada
  • GRITS, a Christian hip hop group
  • Grit (Advance Wars), a character in the Advance Wars series of video games
  • Grit (album), album by Celtic fusion musician Martyn Bennett
  • Grit, a synonym for dip, or chewing tobacco
  • GRiT, a slang for methamphetamine
  • Gritty Weed, adulterated herbal Cannabis in the UK
  • Grits is also an internet meme on Slashdot
  • Grit is also used to smoothen surfaces which are slippery


  • GRIT, an acronym for Gradual Reduction in Tension, a model of international conflict management developed by Charles Osgood and advocated by several prominent International Relations scholars.
  • GRIT (Military Acronym) Used as an aide memoir for fire control orders (Group, Range, Indication, Type of Fire)
  • GRIT is an acronym for Grantor Retained Interest Trust.

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