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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [grit-ee]
    • /ˈgrɪt i/
    • /ˈɡrɪt.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [grit-ee]
    • /ˈgrɪt i/

Definitions of gritty word

  • adjective gritty consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy. 1
  • adjective gritty resolute and courageous; plucky. 1
  • noun gritty Containing or covered with grit. 1
  • adjective gritty texture: rough 1
  • adjective gritty drama: tough 1
  • adjective gritty realistic, unidealized 1

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Origin of gritty

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600; grit + -y1

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Parts of speech for Gritty


gritty popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for gritty

adj gritty

  • dusty — filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
  • rough — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.
  • grainy — resembling grain; granular.
  • abrasive — Someone who has an abrasive manner is unkind and rude.
  • crumbly — Something that is crumbly is easily broken into a lot of little pieces.

adjective gritty

  • persistent — persistence
  • persevering — displaying perseverance; resolutely persistent; steadfast: a persevering student.
  • brave — Someone who is brave is willing to do things which are dangerous, and does not show fear in difficult or dangerous situations.
  • realistic — interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.
  • stark — sheer, utter, downright, or complete: stark madness.

Antonyms for gritty

adj gritty

  • cowardly — If you describe someone as cowardly, you disapprove of them because they are easily frightened and avoid doing dangerous and difficult things.
  • spineless — having no spines or quills.
  • fine — of superior or best quality; of high or highest grade: fine wine.
  • smooth — free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.
  • afraid — If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you.

adjective gritty

  • romantic — of, relating to, or of the nature of romance; characteristic or suggestive of the world of romance: a romantic adventure.

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