Definition of nitty-gritty in English:

nitty-gritty

Line breaks: nitty-gritty
Pronunciation: /nɪtɪˈgrɪti
 
/

noun

(the nitty-gritty) informal
The most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation: let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of finding a job [as modifier]: the nitty-gritty details
More example sentences
  • Kevin's all over the nitty-gritty details of the relevant documents.
  • It's time to break out of that shell and deal with the nitty-gritty details of your relationships.
  • There are other issues coming up as they work through the nitty-gritty details of this plan.
Synonyms
basics, essentials, essence, essential part, main point, fundamental point, fundamentals, substance, heart of the matter, nub, core, heart, centre, quintessence, point, crux, gist, salient point, focal point, nucleus, meat, pith, kernel, marrow, burden; hard work, slog, toil, labour, donkey work, drudgery
informal brass tacks, nuts and bolts

Origin

1960s: of unknown origin.

More definitions of nitty-gritty

Definition of nitty-gritty in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈme(ə)rēən
noun
a person who studies and writes about grammar