gritty

  • 1 gritty — 1590s, from GRIT (Cf. grit) + Y (Cf. y) (2). In sense of unpleasant (of literature, etc.), from 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread. Related: Grittily; grittiness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 gritty — [adj1] granular abrasive, branlike, calculous, crumbly, dusty, friable, grainy, gravelly, in particles, loose, lumpy, permeable, porous, powdery, pulverant, rasping, rough, sabulous, sandy, scratchy; concept 606 Ant. fine, smooth gritty [adj2]… …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 gritty — ► ADJECTIVE (grittier, grittiest) 1) containing or covered with grit. 2) showing courage and resolve. 3) tough and uncompromising: a gritty look at urban life. DERIVATIVES grittily adverb grittiness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 gritty — [grit′ē] adj. grittier, grittiest 1. of, like, or containing grit; sandy 2. brave; plucky 3. characterized by detailed, intensely realistic presentation of the subject, characters, etc., esp. in their negative or unpleasant aspects [a gritty… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Gritty — Grit ty ( t[y^]), a. 1. Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; caused by grit; full of hard particles. [1913 Webster] 2. Spirited; resolute; unyielding. [Colloq., U. S.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 gritty — index steadfast, undaunted Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 gritty — [[t]grɪ̱ti[/t]] grittier, grittiest 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is gritty contains grit, is covered with grit, or has a texture like that of grit. The sheets fell on the gritty floor, and she just let them lie. 2) ADJ GRADED Someone who is… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 gritty — grit|ty [ˈgrıti] adj 1.) showing determination and courage ▪ Henin gave a typically gritty performance, coming back from 4 0 down. ▪ her gritty determination 2.) showing a difficult or unpleasant situation as it really is ▪ Billingham s pictures… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 gritty — UK [ˈɡrɪtɪ] / US adjective Word forms gritty : adjective gritty comparative grittier superlative grittiest 1) showing life as it really is, even when it is not pleasant or attractive a gritty account of the survival of a professional footballer… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 gritty — adjective 1) a gritty floor Syn: sandy, gravelly, pebbly, stony; powdery, dusty 2) a gritty performance Syn: courageous, brave, plucky, mettlesome, stouthearted, valiant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 gritty — adjective (grittier; est) Date: 1598 1. containing or resembling grit 2. courageously persistent ; plucky < a gritty heroine > 3. having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism < a gritty novel > • grittily a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 gritty — grit|ty [ grıti ] adjective 1. ) firm in your intentions: a gritty determination to succeed 2. ) showing life as it really is, even when it is not pleasant or attractive: a gritty account of the survival of a professional football player 3. )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 gritty — [ˈgrɪti] adj 1) showing life as it really is, even when it is not nice or attractive a gritty television drama[/ex] 2) firm in your intentions a gritty determination to succeed[/ex] 3) containing grit, or covered with grit …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 gritty — adj. Gritty is used with these nouns: ↑determination, ↑drama, ↑realism, ↑reality, ↑texture …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 gritty — adjective (grittier, grittiest) 1》 containing or covered with grit. 2》 showing courage and resolve.     ↘tough and uncompromising: a gritty look at urban life. Derivatives grittily adverb grittiness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 gritty — grittily, adv. grittiness, n. /grit ee/, adj., grittier, grittiest. 1. consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy. 2. resolute and courageous; plucky. [1590 1600; GRIT + Y1] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 gritty — adjective a) Containing sand or grit; consisting of grit; caused by grit; full of hard particles. b) Spirited; resolute; unyielding …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 gritty — Synonyms and related words: abrasive, arenaceous, arenarious, arenose, brave, breccial, brecciated, bulldoggish, coarse, coarse grained, courageous, craggy, cross grained, crystal, crystalline, dauntless, determined, doughty, fearless, firm, game …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 gritty — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Containing grit] Syn. rough, abrasive, sandy, rasping, lumpy, calculous, gravelly, muddy, dusty, powdery, pulverent, granular, friable, branny, floury, crumbly, permeable, porous, sabulous, arenose, loose, raspy,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 gritty — grit·ty || grɪtɪ adj. sandy; grainy; sandlike; courageous, brave, full of pluck …

    English contemporary dictionary