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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grit
  1. Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
  2. The coarse part of meal.
  3. pl.Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
  4. [Geol] 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. Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good grit .
  6. Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage; fortitude.

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

verb Grit
To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
verb Grit
To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate; as, to grit the teeth.
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  1. Fortitude and determination
  2. A hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone
  3. Clench together ("grit one's teeth")
  4. Cover with a grit ("grit roads")

With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutą (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas (“frost; frozen street dirt”), Serbo-Croatian grȕda (“lump”)).

  1. A collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, or swarf from metalworking.
    The flower beds were white with from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
    1. Sand or a sand–salt mixture spread on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths to improve traction.
  2. Inedible particles in food.
    These cookies seem to have from nutshells in them.
  3. A measure of the relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper, the smaller the number the coarser the abrasive.
    I need a sheet of 100 sandpaper.
  4. (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g., grindstone grit.
  5. Strength of mind; great courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
    That kid with the cast on his arm has the to play dodgeball.

From Middle English gryt (“bran, chaff”), from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutją (“coarsely ground bits”) (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above.

  1. (usually in the plural) Husked but unground oats.
  2. (usually in the plural) Coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge.

    Notable Persons Named Grit

    Grit was born on July 29th, 1989 in Saku, Estonia.


    Grit was born on August 10th, 1938 in Berlin.


    Grit Haid was an actress. She was most active from 1915 to 1935. Grit was born on March 14th, 1900 in Vienna. Grit is also known as Grete Haid. She left this life on August 13th, 1938.


    Grit was born on October 22nd, 1977.


    Grit was born on June 4th, 1966 in Saalfeld.


    Grit was born on June 6th, 1972 in Schwedt.


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    Popularity of Grit as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Grit U.S.
      White 93.13% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Grit

    People with the last name Grit are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Grit

    • How Popular is the name Grit? As a last name Grit was the 129,825th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Grit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Grit is Tuesday, January 1st, 1884.
    • How unique is the name Grit? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Grit. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Grit: Your name in reverse order is Tirg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rtgi. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Grit? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 131 people with the last name Grit.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grit? Grit is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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