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a grocery

EtymologyEdit

From French grosserie (wholesale).[1] Compare gross.

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NounEdit

grocery (plural groceries)

  1. (usually groceries) retail foodstuffs and other household supplies.
    • 1776: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      Where ten thousand pounds can be employed in the grocery trade, the wages of the grocer's labour make but a very trifling addition...
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets, The present time
      Did not cotton spin itself, beef grow, and groceries and spiceries come in from the East and the West, quite comfortably by the side of shams?
  2. A shop or store that sells groceries; a grocery store.
    • 1854: Henry David Thoreau, Walden
      I observed that the vitals of the village were the grocery, the bar-room, the post-office, and the bank...

Usage notesEdit

When referring to goods, the singular form is primarily used attributively, as in a grocery bill, a grocery list, etc. The plural form, groceries, is much more frequently used to refer to actual goods, especially in the US.

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VerbEdit

grocery (third-person singular simple present groceries, present participle grocerying, simple past and past participle groceried)

  1. (intransitive) To go grocery shopping.
    • 2016 July 19, “The word of the week: grocerying”, in StarTribune.com[www.startribune.com/the-word-of-the-week-grocerying/387457061/]:
      Sample usage: "If you're going grocerying, pick up some GMO — you know, Goat's Milk, Organic. But it has to be non-GMO GMO."
    • 1913, George Lee Burton, Tackling Matrimony: To the Men and Girls who Love Each Other More than Ease and Show and Sham[1]:
      We shopped and groceried on a cash basis, determined on that from the start.
    • 1967, The New Yorker[2], volume 43, number 5, page 210:
      The thought of grocerying so casually at Seessel's evokes a giggle from Shirley
    • 2012, Hazel Rae Minnick, Living in My Shadow[3], page 93:
      I was dependent upon others for grocerying and getting to doctor appointments.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with groceries.
    • 1939, John Willy, Hotel Monthly[4], volume 47, number 550, page 59:
      Fifty-eight years of grocerying hotels, restaurants and institutions that feed many people
    • a. 1998, "Doing It for Money", Ron Rau, in Seasons of the Angler: A Fisherman's Anthology, page 95, edited by David Seybold
      What freedom to be iced, fueled, and groceried for two weeks and running toward a reef you truly love

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