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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
Chateau Hough 7012 Hough Avenue, Cleveland In the middle of Cleveland's gritty Hough neighborhood is a row of vines that grow grapes for wine production.
Using mathematical modeling, Batista and his collaborators decided to try their best to predict what kinds of horrific disasters could actually wipe out even the gritty tardigrade.
But the most important difference between the two versions isn't silly/fantastical vs. realistic/gritty.
But public defenders like Saabir’s typically don’t, thanks to large and time-consuming caseloads that preclude that kind of nitty-gritty work.
For drainage purposes, plant in gritty or sandy loam.
Giamatti The late Giamatti was the perfect foil for the gritty, blue-collar Rose.
Obama fielded questions from residents at a forum near the site, delving into nitty gritty details of traffic patterns, green space and job creation, while avoiding any mention of his successor in the White House.
On Sunday evening, Lee shared a series of short videos on Instagram of nitty-gritty extractions using the curved tweezers.
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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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