Definition of gritty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɪti/

adjective (grittier, grittiest)

1Containing or covered with grit: her eyes felt gritty a stone floor that was gritty and unswept
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  • I was apparently indoors, though the floor was dingy and muddy and covered in gritty sand.
  • Everywhere there was desolation - trees black and bare-limbed and the ground covered with gritty black ash.
  • Blood is running freely from his nose and an open wound on his head, and he's covered in gritty, grey dust.
sandy, grainy, granular, gravelly, pebbly, stony;
powdery, dusty
2Showing courage and resolve: a typically gritty performance by the British player
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  • Her courage, gritty determination and undoubted commitment to charity work is held in high regard throughout the world.
  • To claim that the All-Ireland champions performed badly on the day would do an injustice to the visitors' gritty performance.
  • Theirs was a gritty performance which belied their recent run of form.
dogged, tenacious, enduring, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching
informal gutsy, spunky, ballsy, feisty
2.1Showing something unpleasant as it really is; uncompromising: a gritty look at urban life
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  • It took the genre back to its gritty and violently uncompromising origin.
  • Australian landscape painting is perhaps better known for scenes of the vast uninhabited bush, or else gritty urban scenes.
  • This initial sequence of violence and sex is, utterly disturbing, gritty realism, set against a wider social violence.



Example sentences
  • There was a sense in the 1970s that to be a proper Scottish writer you had to be grittily realistic.
  • It was grittily down-to-earth, absorbing, and best of all, made me want to re-read some of Murdoch's novels.
  • It's what one might expect from an artist renowned for his bitterness and grittily unpleasant realism.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɪtɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • ‘They're two players you don't want to have missing from your side because of their grittiness and attitude,’ added Holmes.
  • Students can learn about the texture of the soil in the site by using methods such as rubbing soil between fingers to assess grittiness, smoothness and stickiness.
  • So even though it was fictional, there was a grittiness and a realism to it that was different.

Words that rhyme with gritty

banditti, bitty, chitty, city, committee, ditty, intercity, kitty, megacity, nitty-gritty, Pitti, pity, pretty, slitty, smriti, spitty, vittae, witty

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