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Examples of gritty in a Sentence
I admire her gritty determination to succeed.
The book describes the gritty realities of life on the streets.
He gave us all of the gritty details of his divorce.
Recent Examples of gritty from the Web
Ever wonder what kinds of jobs reports are dissected to get to the nitty gritty unemployment and jobs numbers?
Located in the once-gritty meatpacking district on the Near West Side, the plant is now something of an anachronism amid the trendy restaurants, bars and office buildings that have sprung up in recent years.
Chara is a gritty defensive midfielder with the ability to cover a lot of ground for the Timbers and provide important defensive cover while also being able to contribute in the attack.
The neighborhood has had a hard time living down its gritty past.
Over the years, Gregg Allman, the gritty, soulful heart of the band that bore his name, remained its principal figure, and its most influential songwriter.
Her quickly sketched romance with the Kurdish drug dealer Nuri (Numan Acar of Homeland) has echoes of the gritty love story in Akin’s 2004 Head-On, which won the Golden Bear in Berlin.
Yet Moore's moment came in easier times than Connery's—his predecessor's '60s world was a harder, grimmer, grittier Britain still living with the aftermath of World War II.
And, from the gritty streets of New York City, Nas gets nasty on the new Gil Scott-Heron release — the first new material from the legendary poet/musician in 16 years.
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Did You Know?
Gritty comes from grit ("small hard granules"), which in turn derives (via Middle English) from the Old English word for "sand" or "gravel." Grit has been around since before the 12th century, but the first appearance of gritty in print in English was near the end of the 16th century, when it was used in the sense of "resembling or containing small hard granules." Grit entered American slang in the early 19th century with the meaning "courage or persistence," and, within about 20 years, gritty followed suit with a corresponding "plucky" sense. By the 19th century's end, gritty was also being used to describe a literary style that was rough and coarse.
First Known Use of gritty
GRITTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gritty for English Language Learners
: containing very small pieces of sand or stone : containing grit
: having or showing a lot of courage and determination
: harsh and unpleasant
GRITTY Defined for Kids
Definition of gritty for Students
1 : containing or like rough hard bits especially of sand
2 : showing toughness and courage
3 : harshly realistic a gritty story
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