grind·er | \ ˈgrīn-dər \

Definition of grinder 

1a : molar

b grinders plural : teeth

2 : one that grinds

3 : a machine or device for grinding

5 : an athlete who succeeds through hard work and determination rather than exceptional skill

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Synonyms for grinder


hero, hoagie (also hoagy), Italian sandwich, po'boy (also poor boy), sub, submarine

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Examples of grinder in a Sentence

ordered a meatball grinder from the beach's concession stand

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Guards who can't defend are put into a grinder of off-ball screens and made to chase Steph Curry. Rob Mahoney,, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018 An officer found a bag of marijuana, a grinder and a digital scale during a vehicle search, according to the report. Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate pair of kick-in burglaries," 30 Apr. 2018 When the peppercorns are room temperature, grind them as finely as possible with a spice grinder. Pour the ground Sichuan peppercorns through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Mapo Doufu," 27 Mar. 2018 While searching the car, police found roaches, a pipe, several baggies of marijuana, chocolate that smelled like marijuana, a grinder and a vape stick. John Benson,, "Speeding leads police to marijuana and underage drinking: North Royalton Police Blotter," 15 Mar. 2018 Grind the coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a spice grinder and add to mixture, or add ground coriander and cumin. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Yes, Indian cooking uses a lot of spices. Yes, it’s worth it | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 2018 One of the surprises of the tournament, Manion — described as a 35-year-old small stakes, online-poker grinder by the World Series of Poker’s own website — has excelled in what is his first WSOP tournament. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the Michiganders who made World Series of Poker final table," 13 July 2018 And among the food stands in the Coca-Cola Promenade, grinders can turn their subs into fresh salads. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "All the new State Fair offerings: wine tastings, silent discos, coasters and acai bowls," 12 July 2018 When the first few seeds begin to pop and emit a savory aroma, remove from heat and immediately dump seeds into the bowl of a mortar or spice grinder. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Silky Sweet Corn Soup with Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of grinder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of grinder was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of grinder

: a person or thing that grinds something

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