\ 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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graininess noun

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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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First Known Use of grainy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2021

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“Grainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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