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grout1 / grout/ • n. a mortar or paste for filling crevices, esp. the gaps between wall or floor tiles. • v. [tr.] fill in with grout: the gaps are grouted afterward. grout2 • n. (grouts) archaic sediment; dregs; grounds: old women told fortunes in grouts of tea.

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grout1 (now obs. or dial.) coarse meal; infusion of malt OE.; coarse porridge XVI; sediment XVII. OE. grūt, corr. to MDu. grūte, gruut coarse meal, peeled grain, malt, yeast (Du. gruit dregs), MHG. grūz (G. grauss) grain, small beer; f. *ʒrūt-, var. of *ʒraut- *ʒreut- *ʒrut- (see GRIT, GROATS). The later meanings are prob. due to Scand. (cf. ON. grautr porridge) and Du.

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grout. Fluid mortar, with added water, employed to fill holes or joints.

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grout2 thin mortar. XVII. perh. a use of prec.; but cf. F. dial. grouter grout a wall.

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