- 1containing or like grit a layer of gritty dust
- 2 showing the courage and determination to continue doing something difficult or unpleasant gritty determination a gritty performance from the halfback Boston's gritty comeback was rewarded by a home run in the ninth inning.
- 3showing something unpleasant as it really is a gritty description of urban violence gritty realism see also nitty-gritty
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