What does GRIT mean?

Definitions for GRITgrɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word GRIT.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grit, gritrock, gritstone(noun)

    a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone

  2. backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption(verb)

    fortitude and determination

    "he didn't have the guts to try it"

  3. grit(verb)

    cover with a grit

    "grit roads"

  4. grit(verb)

    clench together

    "grit one's teeth"


  1. Grit(Noun)

    A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its provincial wings (except for the Quebec provincial wing).

  2. Grit(Adjective)

    Of or belonging to the Liberal Party of Canada.

  3. Origin: With early modern vowel shortening, from grete, griet, from greot, from greutan (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian gruodas ‘frost; frozen street dirt’, Serbo-Croatian grȕda ‘lump’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grit(noun)

    sand or gravel; rough, hard particles

  2. Grit(noun)

    the coarse part of meal

  3. Grit(noun)

    grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats

  4. Grit(noun)

    a hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; as, millstone grit; -- called also gritrock and gritstone. The name is also applied to a finer sharp-grained sandstone; as, grindstone grit

  5. Grit(noun)

    structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit

  6. Grit(noun)

    firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude

  7. Grit(verb)

    to give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind

  8. Grit(verb)

    to grind; to rub harshly together; to grate; as, to grit the teeth

  9. Origin: [OE, greet, greot, sand, gravel, AS. gret grit, sant, dust; akin to OS griott, OFries. gret gravel, OHG. grioz, G. griess, Icel. grjt, and to E. groats, grout. See Groats, Grout, and cf. Grail gravel.]


  1. Grit

    Grit is a magazine, formerly a weekly newspaper, popular in the rural US during much of the 20th century. It carried the subtitle America's Greatest Family Newspaper. In the early 1930s, it targeted small town and rural families with 14 pages plus a fiction supplement. By 1932, it had a circulation of 425,000 in 48 states, and 83% of its circulation was in towns of fewer than 10,000 population.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grit

    grit, n. the coarse part of meal: gravel: a kind of hard sandstone: firmness of character, spirit: (pl.) oats coarsely ground, groats.—ns. Grit′stone; Grit′tiness.—adj. Grit′ty, having hard particles: sandy: determined, plucky. [A.S. greót; Dut. grut, groats, Ger. gries, gravel.]

  2. Grit

    grit, a Scotch form of great.

Editors Contribution

  1. grit

    A type of product created and formulated in various colors, minerals and substances used for a variety of purposes.

    Grit is used in some countries to deice a path or roadway during icy weather.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRIT in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GRIT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Minna Thomas Antrim:

    Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.

  2. Nikki Bollerman:

    And what is a life lesson I tell you about grit? it means to work hard and never give up.

  3. Jessamyn West:

    It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes -- it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

  4. Thomas Traherne:

    A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.

  5. Jack Capuano:

    Similar to what Islanders Hockey had here in the'80s, long Island dynasty teams've got some skill, Long Island dynasty teams've got some grit. Obviously, Islanders Hockey had good goaltending here.

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Translations for GRIT

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • odhodlanost, vytrvalostCzech
  • graeanuWelsh
  • Streumittel, Schneid, Schrot, Streugut, Grieß, knirschen, Schotter, Körnung, Ballaststoff, Streu, Split, Hafergraupen, Korn, Mut, knarren, SplittGerman
  • knariEsperanto
  • avena pelada, grano, mote de avena, arenaSpanish
  • puru, kivipöly, kauraryyni, hammas, narskutella, sisu, peittää, purra, karkeus, sisukkuus, metallipuru, pölyFinnish
  • cran, gravillon, grincerFrench
  • grinta, avena mondataItalian
  • knarsenDutch
  • scrâșniRomanian

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