grind·​er | \ ˈgrīn-dər How to pronounce grinder (audio) \

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

Examples of grinder in a Sentence

ordered a meatball grinder from the beach's concession stand
Recent Examples on the Web After the Matisses come two paintings of a chocolate grinder by Duchamp. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Also freeze the grinder parts for at least 30 minutes. Joe Mckendry, WSJ, 28 July 2022 The Mariupol battle was a meat-grinder for both sides—but especially for the separatists. David Axe, Forbes, 11 July 2022 At his peak, Helm scored in the 12-15 goal range (2013-16), serving as a steadfast grinder and penalty killer. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 That evenness normally serves players well long-term in a grinder of a game. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Police found two jars of marijuana, a bag of marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a pill bottle containing Adderall tablets, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in the man’s car. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 7 July 2022 This easy-to-use grinder has 60 settings, designed to cover nearly any drink made with coffee or espresso. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 16 June 2022 One suture on the bowl’s lip was the result of its being dropped last year by a Tampa grinder named Pat Maroon. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grinder

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

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“Grinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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