gritty gritty  /ˈɡrɪ ti/


  1. (adj) composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
  2. (adj) willing to face danger


  1. His is gritty, unglamorous workmounting sign-up booths at bodegas, analyzing census tracts, training school-board candidates.
  2. Call It Sleep has the setting of a gritty, naturalistic political noveland it works perfectly well as suchbut it is at heart a profoundly interior book.
  3. His farming success is due not to the efficiency of hired supervisors, but to the long hours of gritty, grubby work he himself does afield.


  1. Coming Attractions: Wavy West 15th Street Office Tower to Add Some Funk to MePa

    A lumberyard at the corner of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue will soon depart for a much less gritty occupant. The Post reports that an undulating 12-story office tower designed by megafirm Kohn Pederson Fox will begin to rise...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Curbed New York

  2. Don Mattingly's return to Yankee Stadium washed out

    NEW YORK — Back in the 1980s, when the New York Yankees were in a championship drought, there was one player most fans were inevitably drawn to. The gritty first baseman with the thick eye black. The guy who crouched low and then uncoiled that sweet, powerful swing from the left side of the plate. Donnie Baseball. During a rare down period for baseball's most successful franchise, Don Mattingly ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  3. Live chat: Future Power Rankings

    Broaden your focus for a moment, past the nitty-gritty details of the schedules and two-deeps and likely storylines for the 2013 college football season, and ask yourself this: Which programs are most likely to be successful, not just this year but over the next three? That's exactly what we asked our panel of experts, and below we offer you the fruits of their labor: A top-25 ranking of the ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs


  1. "Derek Fisher was the difference in the game," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He's just a gutty, gritty player. Fisher basically took the game over."
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Doc Rivers Source: Sports Newscaster (blog)

  2. "I guess heaven must have needed a shortstop," Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. "He epitomized the Yankee spirit - gritty and hard charging - and he wore the pinstripes proudly."
    on Aug 14, 2007 By: George Steinbrenner Source: Forbes

  3. "Dustin's style of play and tremendous work ethic have quickly made him a fan favorite," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. "He plays with a kind of gritty determination that serves as an inspiration not only to his teammates but to Red...
    on Dec 3, 2008 By: Larry Lucchino Source: USA Today

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