What does grit mean?

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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.

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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

Examples of grit in a Sentence

  1. B. C. Forbes:

    No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. Every man who gets anywhere does so because he has first firmly resolved to progress in the world and then has enough stick-to-it-tiveness to transform his resolution into reality. Without resolution, no man can win any worthwhile place among his fellow men.

  2. Sara El-Amine:

    We are a group that really uniquely knows that electability is self-determining and that oftentimes it's the people with the boldest vision and the most unlikely candidacies early on who can really shift the field, elizabeth Warren really has the zest and the grit and the gumption and the audacity that we loved that President Barack Obama really embodied.

  3. Paige Kimball:

    They have a lot of grit, most of them will tell you they have been working on this for years ... they are just the top of the top, clearly.

  4. Javier Palomarez:

    I think Donald Trump will bring that same grit, that same drive, to Donald Trump policy agenda and get a lot of what Donald Trump plans done, donald Trump may not do it the way others would, but by God he gets it done.

  5. Zach Gilford:

    People always think of me as the nice guy, the guy you ’d want to bring home to mom, look, I hate using the term ‘ action hero, ’ but I ’m definitely a bit more of an alpha male [ in this ]. You know, I used to lead backpacking trips in Alaska. I’ve been charged by bears. So I definitely have a little more grit to me than what most people realize.

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  • مثابرةArabic
  • 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
  • 모래Korean
  • knarsenDutch
  • scrâșniRomanian
  • gritVietnamese

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