from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A ground, usually white meal of dried and hulled corn kernels that is boiled and served as a breakfast food or side dish.
  • Coarsely ground grain, especially corn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of grit. ('hulled oats')
  • n. Coarsely ground hominy which is boiled and eaten, primarily in the Southern United States.
  • n. Plural form of grit.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of grit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coarsely ground hulled corn boiled as a breakfast dish in the southern United States


Alteration of Middle English grutta, coarse meal, from Old English grytta, pl. of grytt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See grit ("hulled oats") (Wiktionary)
See grit (Etymology 1) (Wiktionary)


Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A Southern food staple. Also used to refer to someone from the rural South, as in "He's such a grit he prob'ly eats pie for breakfast."

    October 28, 2007