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Definition of grout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : thin mortar used for filling spaces (such as the joints in masonry) also : any of various other materials (such as a mixture of cement and water or chemicals that solidify) used for a similar purpose
b : plaster
2 : lees


grouted; grouting; grouts

Definition of grout (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fill up or finish with grout
2 : to fix in place by means of grout grout a bolt into a wall

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Other Words from grout


grouter noun

Examples of grout in a Sentence


I need to grout the bathroom tiles.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anywhere there's grout or tiling, baking soda can come in handy. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Baking Soda," 6 Mar. 2019 Bathroom Grout To clean yucky grout, put on rubber gloves and eye protection. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 To remove odor, make a thick paste with water and baking soda, rub into the grout, and wipe once dry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 For the ultimate in sophistication, Gundberg suggests matching the color of the grout to the color of your tile—in most cases. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Kitchen Tile Shopping Guide," 21 Sep. 2011 Glass is cost-effective and very clean — no grout and no grimy corners. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Samantha Lyman on Designing a New Kitchen With a Warm Patina," 1 Apr. 2012 If the tile isn't glazed or the liquid has spread to the grout, use CLF Bath & Kitchen Cleaner to remove discoloration. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018 Which means less time scrubbing your grout, theoretically. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Ingenious Light Keeps Your Shower Germ and Mold-Free," 23 Aug. 2018 Once the pattern was complete and the floor covered, Tooners used unsanded grout in between the copper pieces. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Can You Believe This Floor Is Made of $130 Worth of Pennies?," 15 Nov. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After grouting, clean the backsplash with a wet sponge, which helps press the grout fully into the joint and sets clean lines between tiles. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Your Quick and Dirty Guide to Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash," 26 Apr. 2019 Any joint or edge where the tile meets another surface like the countertop should be caulked, not grouted. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Your Quick and Dirty Guide to Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash," 26 Apr. 2019 This gray-washed style doesn’t steal the spotlight from the large hexagonal tiles on the wall above the bath tub, grouted in charcoal gray to draw attention to their groovy outline. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Ideas for Decorating with Tile," 22 Jan. 2018 Over time, the water corrodes the system, rusting and rotting its infrastructure — and yet sealing and grouting these leaks often requires rerouting service on lines, further frustrating riders. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "The Case for the Subway," 3 Jan. 2018 The cinder block walls have been haphazardly grouted. Rebecca Collard, New York Times, "They Lost Their Country. Then a Fire Robbed Them of Even More.," 10 Dec. 2017 Stones are individually laid on a substrate of mortar and grouted with the same material. Josh Garskof, ELLE Decor, "The Pretenders," 5 July 2012 Victor Salgado, who makes $10.75 per hour with no benefits doing maintenance at an aerosol company and spent three years before that grouting floors, said he was attracted by the promise of an upgrade in pay and benefits. Noam Scheiber And Nick Wingfield, New York Times, "Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands," 2 Aug. 2017 On Oct. 25 of that year, four construction workers were killed, buried beneath an earth slide when a 100-foot cliff collapsed at the dam while workers drilled a hole for grouting, according to Sentinel archives. Jessica A. York, The Mercury News, "Oroville Dam failure has Santa Cruz officials allaying fears," 21 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of grout


1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grout


Middle English, coarse meal, from Old English grūt; akin to Old English grēot grit

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English Language Learners Definition of grout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

technical : material used for filling spaces or cracks between tiles



English Language Learners Definition of grout (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : to fill the cracks in (something) with grout

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