gritty

Gritty things have a rough texture that makes them feel like they're coated with sand. After a day at the beach, you might come home with gritty arms and legs.

A baking project involving corn meal might result in a gritty counter and a gritty kitchen floor, and one shake of your dirty dog will leave you with a gritty couch. Grit is a tiny particle of sand or stone, and gritty means "covered in grit." A second meaning of gritty is "showing bravery and spirit." When you stick with something no matter how scary or difficult it is, that's gritty.

Definitions of gritty
  1. adjective
    composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
    synonyms: coarse-grained, farinaceous, grainy, granular, granulose, mealy
    coarse, harsh
    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  2. adjective
    willing to face danger
    synonyms: game, gamey, gamy, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  3. adjective
    representing life realistically, even when it is harsh, difficult, or unpleasant
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