grainier; grainiest
: resembling or having some characteristic of grain : not smooth or fine
of a photograph : appearing to be composed of grain-like particles
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
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grainy was in the 15th century

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“Grainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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