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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After laying, the gaps between the individual mosaic pieces are filled with grout.
▪ Always use waterproof grout on tiled worktops; ordinary grout will harbour germs.
▪ In the bathroom, mildew had invaded the grout, and red towels hung over orange towels.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Grout \Grout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grouted; p. pr. & vb. n. Grouting.] To fill up or finish with grout, as the joints between stones.


Grout \Grout\ (grout), n. [AS. gr[=u]t; akin to grytt, G. gr["u]tze, griess, Icel. grautr, Lith. grudas corn, kernel, and E. groats.]

  1. Coarse meal; ground malt; pl. groats.

  2. Formerly, a kind of beer or ale. [Eng.]

  3. pl. Lees; dregs; grounds. [Eng.] ``Grouts of tea.''

  4. A thin, coarse mortar, used for pouring into the joints of masonry and brickwork; also, a finer material, used in finishing the best ceilings.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "thin, fluid mortar," originally "coarse porridge," perhaps from Old English gruta (plural) "coarse meal," related to Old English grytta (see grits). As a verb from 1838. Related: grouted; grouting.


n. 1 A thin mortar used to fill the gaps between tiles and cavities in masonry. 2 (context now rare English) coarse meal; groats. 3 (context now rare English) (''typically used in the plural'') dregs, sediment. 4 (context UK obsolete English) A kind of beer or ale. vb. To insert mortar between tiles.

  1. n. a thin mortar that can be poured and used to fill cracks in masonry or brickwork

  2. v. bind with grout; "grout the bathtub"


Grout is a particularly fluid form of concrete used to fill gaps. It is used in construction to embed rebars in masonry walls, connect sections of pre-cast concrete, fill voids, and seal joints such as those between tiles. Grout is generally a mixture of water, cement, sand, often color tint, and sometimes fine gravel (if it is being used to fill large spaces such as the cores of concrete blocks). Unlike other structural pastes such as plaster or joint compound, correctly-mixed and -applied grout forms a waterproof seal.

Although both are applied as a thick emulsion and harden over time, grout is distinguished from its close relative mortar by its viscosity; grout is thin so it flows readily into gaps, while mortar is thick enough to support not only its own weight, but also that of masonry placed on top of it.

Grout (automobile)

Grout Brothers was a manufacturer of steam-powered automobiles in Orange, Massachusetts. The three brothers, Carl, Fred and C.B. were set up in business by their father William H., who had made sewing machines under the New Home name in partnership with Thomas H. White. The early cars were sold under the New Home name.

The Grout name debuted on autos in 1899.

Grout (disambiguation)

Grout is a construction material.

Grout may also refer to:

  • Grout (automobile), early automobiles manufactured by the Grout Brothers in Orange, Massachusetts
  • Grout Township, Michigan
  • Harry Grout, character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge

Usage examples of "grout".

The smell of sheetrock and semi-gloss, of grout, spackle, sweat, and testosterone, reminded me of home.

Grout and Kublin left the checkpoint just as George departed, and the three teams traveled together up the unplowed Taylor Highway.

Nicholai could only recall shattered tesserae of experience, the binding grout of chronological sequence dissolved by the drugs they pumped into him.

He swallowed the remaining grouts and hurried down to the orlop, where he found Poll and Harris, the ship's butcher: seamen had already lashed chests together to form two operating tables and Poll was making fast the covers of number eight sailcloth with a practised hand - she had already laid out a selection of saws, catlings, clamps, tourniquets, leather-covered chains, dressings, splints.

To one side, behind Grout and to the back, stood four carrying slaves, large, brawny, collared men, two of whom held the poles, like spears, butt down, on the tiles.

A bit of blue tile, grouted on the back, attached to what looks like concrete.

The stacks of hand-painted glass tiles waiting to be grouted into place around the hearth.

The tiny white tiles of the kitchen wall got it much worse, rivulets of red coursing down the grouted tracks and pooling to the faded brown linoleum.

At his toes lay the glistening platinum-tiled floor, polished to mirror-shine, grouted in gold.

Blood lay in dark tongues on the floor and blood grouted the flagstones and ran in the vestibule where the stones were cupped from the feet of the faithful and their fathers before them and it had threaded its way down the steps and dripped from the stones among the dark red tracks of the scavengers.

Besides laying, boring, trenailing, wedging, and grouting thirty two stones, several other operations were proceeded with on the rock at low-water, when some of the artificers were employed at the railways, and at high-water at the beacon-house.

The artificers had completed the laying of the twenty seventh or first course of the staircase this morning, and in the evening they finished the boring, trenailing, wedging, and grouting it with mortar.

I see their children being raised by Haitian immigrants, and I watch them pass by the Invisible Men who clean the grouting on the marble floors without saying a word, always in a hurry to get to wherever they’re going—most likely to reduce your insurance benefits or put your workplace on the chopping block.

I see their children being raised by Haitian immigrants, and I watch them pass by the Invisible Men who clean the grouting on the marble floors without saying a word, always in a hurry to get to wherever they&rquo.

There was no reason to spend any grouts on Henrietta who was, after all, a mouse and needed only a pair of spectacles and a pea green gown and matching cap.