Definition of gristle
: cartilage; broadly : tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats
Examples of gristle in a Sentence
a cheap piece of meat, full of gristle and fat
Recent Examples of gristle from the Web
There was little danger of anyone’s making that mistake on two occasions when the lobster was intransigently chewy: gristle of the sea.
The 6-foot-2 Kansan with a nasty sinking fastball has blown out his right medial collateral ligament — a critical piece of elbow gristle — not once but twice.
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Origin and Etymology of gristle
Middle English gristil, from Old English gristle; akin to Middle Low German gristel gristle
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
GRISTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gristle for English Language Learners
: tough matter in meat that is difficult to eat
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