Groutfit  n. (neologism, slang) An outfit made out of entirely gray clothing.NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 07: Kim Kardashian sighting on November 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic) 

Etymology: This is a blend of the words gray and outfit. The first Urban Dictionary entry for “groutfit” was posted on February 22, 2009 so the blend was probably created around this time. The Oxford English Dictionary does not have an entry for this term. However, the word “gray/grey” has Germanic roots. It has developed from Middle Low German grā to Old High German grāo to Middle High German grā to German grau. The word “outfit,” originally meaning the action of equipping a ship, was formed from the words “out” and “fit.” “Out” comes from the Old English “ut” meaning “out, without, outside.” The Oxford English Dictionary claims that the word “fit” was first recorded in 1440, but its derivation is doubtful. It may have been influenced by the word “feat” meaning “suitable, proper” which comes from the Old French “fait.” The word “outfit” was first used to refer to a person’s clothes in 1840.

Sociolectal information: This word is fairly new and is generally used in casual conversation. It is not a professional word. Personally, I had not heard of it until I read a tweet “Why has no one written a Wikipedia article on the groutfit?” Although this is a slang word there was a Huffington post article written about it. Written on January 6, 2016, the article suggests the “groutfit” as a practical and stylish choice. Since this article was written recently, “grout fit” could soon become more popular.

Survival Predictions: This word does not seem to be recognized by a large percent of the population. Unless it increases in popularity, I don’t think it’ll survive very long. It seems like a buzzword to me that will soon lose its appeal.

Lexopinion: When I asked people what they thought this word meant, most of them guessed that it had something to do with “outfit,” but they had trouble discerning the first part of the word. I feel that the “gr” sound in the beginning of the word has a lot of negative connotations since it is used in words like “grunge,” “gross” and “grime.” It is also similar in sound and spelling to the word “grout” which is a fluid form of concrete. The words associated with this term might decrease its usage.


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