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

  • n. A thin mortar used to fill cracks and crevices in masonry.
  • n. A thin plaster for finishing walls and ceilings.
  • n. Chiefly British Sediment; lees. Often used in the plural.
  • transitive v. To fill or finish with a thin mortar or plaster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin mortar used to fill the gaps between tiles and cavities in masonry.
  • n. Coarse meal; groats.
  • n. (typically used in the plural) Dregs, sediment.
  • v. To insert mortar between tiles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Coarse meal; ground malt
  • n. Formerly, a kind of beer or ale.
  • n. Lees; dregs; grounds.
  • n. A thin, coarse mortar, used for pouring into the joints of masonry and brickwork; also, a finer material, used in finishing the best ceilings.
  • transitive v. To fill up or finish with grout, as the joints between stones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin coarse mortar poured into the joints of masonry and brickwork.
  • n. A finishing or setting coat of fine stuff for ceilings.
  • Made with or consisting of grout.
  • To fill up or form with grout, as the joints or spaces between stones; use as grout.
  • To bore with the snout, or dig up like a hog.
  • A dialectal form of great, seen in composition, as in grouthead, groutnoll.
  • n. Coarse meal; pollard; in the plural, groats; also, porridge made of such meal.
  • n. Wort when first prepared, and before it has begun to ferment.
  • n. Lees; grounds; dregs.
  • n. Mud; dirt; filth.

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

  • v. bind with grout
  • n. a thin mortar that can be poured and used to fill cracks in masonry or brickwork


Middle English, grain used for making malt, mud, from Old English grūt, coarse meal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From obsolete grewt, grut ("dirt, soul"), from Middle English grut, from Old English grūt ("dregs; coarse meal"), from Proto-Germanic *grūtan (compare Dutch gruit ("dregs"), German Grauß, Norwegian grut ("ground")), lengthening of Proto-Germanic *grutan. (Wiktionary)



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