\ ˈgrā-nē How to pronounce grainy (audio) \
grainier; grainiest

Definition of grainy

1 : resembling or having some characteristic of grain : not smooth or fine
2 of a photograph : appearing to be composed of grain-like particles

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Other Words from grainy

graininess noun

Examples of grainy in a Sentence

The mustard has a grainy texture. grainy sand kept it off the rankings as one of the nation's best beaches
Recent Examples on the Web Here, bone-in chicken thighs are slathered with a sweet-and-tangy mix of grainy mustard and maple syrup, then cooked at a high temperature for 20 minutes. Washington Post, "Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs and Red Cabbage," 16 Jan. 2020 The film’s grainy sequences and snatched transitions bore the hallmarks of home editing. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 But grainy archival evidence can’t really deliver transcendence, and who will pause in their museumgoing to absorb the full 27 minutes? Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Merce Cunningham’s Dance Out of Time," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s a grainy texture to Zaidi’s low-key vocals, lending an earthy vibe to even the most atmospheric tracks. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Ben Zaidi’s electro pop came to life in the solitude of a cabin in the woods," 21 Nov. 2019 Brace yourself for waterboarding and other tools of torture, wielded in grainy gloom. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Art of the Awkward Silence in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 15 Nov. 2019 Breakfast is a parade of dairy: cheese, cultured butter, yogurt—all homemade or from neighboring farms, served with grainy breads and an unexpectedly delicious jam made from Puy lentils. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019 The couple’s survival of the encounter is a departure from the grainy bystander videos and police dashcam tapes that have been released in recent years. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "Melina Matsoukas’s Unflinching Eye," 9 Nov. 2019 In 1952, for instance, the Federal Civil Defense Administration released Duck and Cover — a grainy black-and-white film instructing school-age children on the putative best practices to protect themselves in case of nuclear holocaust. John Hirschauer, National Review, "The Needless Trauma of Active-Shooter Drills," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of grainy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grainy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce grainy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grainy

: not smooth or fine
of a photograph : not clear or sharp because of having a picture formed from many dots that are large enough to be seen

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