Definition of grits in English:


plural noun

  • 1also treated as singular A dish of coarsely ground maize kernels boiled with water or milk.

    • ‘Enjoy grits with butter, brown sugar or with a splash of maple syrup.’
    • ‘I love grits, too, whether with eggs and sausage or topped with shrimp in true ‘low country’ style.’
    • ‘Almost immediately a servant brought her a plate of eggs, bacon, grits and sausage, each in small portions and all very southern.’
    • ‘Brunch consisted of juice, scrambled eggs and bacon, cheese grits, fresh tomatoes, and 3 silver dollar pancakes.’
    • ‘Do you eat grits for breakfast?’
    1. 1.1 Coarsely ground maize kernels used to make grits.
      • ‘As luck would have it - and because I too have a bit of the South in me - I had a bag of stoneground South Carolina grits in my freezer.’
      • ‘Season with salt and pepper and fold in the grits, corn, and parsley.’
      • ‘In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, bring the grits, milk, and chicken stock to a boil.’
      • ‘In a large, heavy saucepan bring water to a boil and stir in the grits slowly.’
      • ‘In a bowl, combine the grits, masa, and salt and mix well.’


Old English grytt, grytte ‘bran, mill dust’, of Germanic origin: related to Dutch grutten, German Grütze, also to groats.