Definition of gritty in English:



  • 1Containing or covered with grit.

    ‘her eyes felt gritty’
    ‘a stone floor that was gritty and unswept’
    • ‘By the next day, between a quarter and an eighth-inch of gritty, gray volcanic debris covered everything.’
    • ‘The rocky, gritty soil offers perfect drainage, but digging is nearly impossible.’
    • ‘Shadow areas often take on a gritty or rough textured appearance.’
    • ‘His forehead is pressed against the rough, gritty plaster of the wall, sharp against his nose.’
    • ‘Limestone comes in a range of guises from soft open poured travertine tiles to gritty, rugged flags.’
    • ‘A grainy or gritty texture isn't considered a plus in the chocolate world.’
    • ‘When the hard anthracite coal is mined the very fine, gritty material is called culm.’
    • ‘He felt like hell when he came back to consciousness, bruised and covered in gritty sand.’
    • ‘I kick up dust for those behind me and the gritty gravel sandpapers their wounds.’
    • ‘Fill with stones until three-quarters full then top up with gravel and a layer of very gritty compost on top, about 3in deep.’
    • ‘Also, the underlayer of cement primer makes the ochre-gold acrylic surface look gritty and holds the tendency towards the decorative in counterpoint.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his hair which felt rough and gritty.’
    • ‘I was apparently indoors, though the floor was dingy and muddy and covered in gritty sand.’
    • ‘Blood is running freely from his nose and an open wound on his head, and he's covered in gritty, grey dust.’
    • ‘Everywhere there was desolation - trees black and bare-limbed and the ground covered with gritty black ash.’
    • ‘Feeling incredibly dirty and gritty, from all the dirt that she was covered under from her ride, Ari ran a bath for herself and scrubbed herself clean.’
    • ‘The stuff isn't harmful in any way; it just tastes a little gritty and sticks to your teeth.’
    • ‘The meatloaf was hard, and the mashed potatoes were gritty.’
    • ‘This time, the main concern was a significant ash plume carrying gritty pulverized rock and silica that could damage aircraft engines and the surfaces of cars and homes.’
    • ‘The rough stones jutting out from the gritty mud walls appeal to my visual and tactile senses.’
    sandy, grainy, granular, gravelly, pebbly, stony
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  • 2Showing courage and resolve.

    ‘a typically gritty performance by the British player’
    • ‘Of modern Australian batsmen that I have seen, the best was Chappell, who had great power and elegance, plus gritty determination when he needed it.’
    • ‘The Western Bulldogs are both a very gritty football side and a classy side.’
    • ‘John produced a gritty performance just to finish, when others were falling about him.’
    • ‘The reason for India's good performance in the last couple of years was due to the solid performance of this gritty batsman.’
    • ‘He's been a wonderful Captain, a wonderful batsmen, a gritty, determined competitor.’
    • ‘Theirs was a gritty performance which belied their recent run of form.’
    • ‘Some people I spoke to gardened under very difficult circumstances, but gritty determination was winning the way towards a beautiful back yard.’
    • ‘His story is partly one of gritty determination, perfectionism and hard work.’
    • ‘Although seldom looking a danger they showed gritty determination to keep their line intact.’
    • ‘He's polite, asking permission to smoke; but still, there seems something very gritty and determined about him these days.’
    • ‘Her courage, gritty determination and undoubted commitment to charity work is held in high regard throughout the world.’
    • ‘The same gritty determination holds true when it comes to answering a physical challenge.’
    • ‘England's qualification will rely on some gritty away performances and I feel they may be few and far between.’
    • ‘The general mood is slight shock, covered by a gritty determination to get on with whatever needs to be done.’
    • ‘They will certainly be competitive because they have some pretty gritty characters in there.’
    • ‘He outmanoeuvred and overpowered the gritty Australian to race through the opening two sets, hitting the corners of the court at will with his heavy groundstrokes.’
    • ‘To claim that the All-Ireland champions performed badly on the day would do an injustice to the visitors' gritty performance.’
    • ‘In a typically gritty display they hauled themselves back into the tie and earned themselves another chance to progress.’
    • ‘If and when it comes to pass, then Carlow could become a very serious contender, given the gritty way they have played against several teams with full-timers on board.’
    • ‘Only a few metres separated the pair as they charged off the fell and in the 100 metre sprint to the line Till managed to get onto Fretwell's tail and each showed a gritty determination to win.’
    courageous, brave, plucky, mettlesome, stout-hearted, lionhearted, valiant, bold, spirited, intrepid, game, hardy, tough, steely, determined, resolute, purposeful
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    1. 2.1 Showing something unpleasant as it really is; uncompromising.
      ‘a gritty look at urban life’
      • ‘York Central is an industrial wasteland of the type favoured by gritty cop dramas.’
      • ‘This initial sequence of violence and sex is, utterly disturbing, gritty realism, set against a wider social violence.’
      • ‘As such, the photographs tell a collective story - one that is clearly shaped by editors who seek gritty and unflinching pictures.’
      • ‘Gritty political realities aside, what future do people envision for Yugoslavia?’
      • ‘The action takes place in a single subway car, and the company worked hard to capture the gritty, anonymous feel of the underground.’
      • ‘However, inmates still request the gritty urban tales.’
      • ‘Shooting the entire series on location in Baltimore was an essential part of this rough, gritty feel.’
      • ‘These images have none of the airbrushed niceties of much modern photography, and you pay for the gritty realism.’
      • ‘Instead, they will experience first-hand the often gritty reality of big city life in what has been titled ‘The Alternative London Trip’.’
      • ‘This form of gritty realist cinema relies upon constant improvisation.’
      • ‘But my appetite was whetted and I craved more gritty details.’
      • ‘It took the genre back to its gritty and violently uncompromising origin.’
      • ‘The film has a very gritty, realistic feel, again lifting it above being a merely stereotypical genre exercise.’
      • ‘Australian landscape painting is perhaps better known for scenes of the vast uninhabited bush, or else gritty urban scenes.’
      • ‘Right from the beginning of the pilot, what I liked about it was its gritty realism.’
      • ‘His love of gritty realism and distaste for overblown production values go back to Blackburn, where Winterbottom was born in 1961.’
      • ‘It has that gritty realism that small budget English films are becoming known for, but plenty of lighter moments to balance the gloom.’
      • ‘The cinematography has a gritty, tough beauty to it.’
      • ‘The stories are mostly pretty gritty - loneliness, alienation and all that - but amazingly, the movie is so deftly handled as to never be too heavy.’
      • ‘With this film, Loach digresses from his usual gritty themes of social realism to pose questions of culture, race and religion.’
      realistic, true to life, unembellished, unvarnished, naked, bare, brutal, harsh
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