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gritty (adj.)

1590s, "resembling or containing sand or grit," from grit (n.) + -y (2). In sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.), from 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread. Meaning "plucky, spirited, courageous and resolute" is from 1847. Related: Grittily; grittiness.

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Definitions of gritty

gritty (adj.)
composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency;
Synonyms: farinaceous / coarse-grained / grainy / granular / granulose / mealy
gritty (adj.)
willing to face danger;
Synonyms: game / gamy / gamey / mettlesome / spirited / spunky
From wordnet.princeton.edu