Grits vs Oatmeal - What's the difference?

grits | oatmeal |

As nouns the difference between grits and oatmeal

is that grits is while oatmeal is meal made from rolled or round oats.

As a proper noun grits

is (canada) the.

As an adjective oatmeal is

of a light greyish brown colour, like that of oatmeal.



Etymology 1



  • ('hulled oats')
  • (Western Hemisphere) Coarsely ground hominy which is boiled and eaten, primarily in the Southern United States.
  • Usage notes
    * (term) usually takes a plural verb, especially outside the southern US.
    See also
    * ("grits" on Wikipedia) * cornmeal * polenta

    Etymology 2

    See (grit) (Etymology 1)


  • Verb

  • (grit)
  • Anagrams





  • Meal made from rolled or round oats.
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  • A breakfast cereal made from rolled oats, cooked in milk and/or water (porridge in UK).
  • a light greyish brown colour, like that of oatmeal.
  • Adjective

  • Of a light greyish brown colour, like that of oatmeal
  • Derived terms

    * oatmeal drink * oatmeal porridge

    See also

    * brose * flummery * gruel * mealie pudding * oatcake * oaten * parkin * porridge * rolled oats * skilly * stirabout *