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[grahym] /graɪm/
dirt, soot, or other filthy matter, especially adhering to or embedded in a surface.
a style of music influenced by rap, ragga, etc., and characterized by lyrics and imagery that reference the dark side of urban life.
verb (used with object), grimed, griming.
to cover with dirt; make very dirty; soil.
Origin of grime
dialectal Dutch
1250-1300; Middle English grim; apparently special use of Old English grīma ‘mask’, to denote layer of dust; compare dialectal Dutch grijm
Related forms
ungrimed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grime
  • The liquid drops take small particles of dirt and grime with them.
  • It also repels dirt, grime and the occasional candy collision.
  • Steam cycle delivers more powerful cleaning results by loosening ground-in dirt and grime without pre-treatment.
  • While this subdued the heat and dust, the rain formed mud puddles and grime across the city.
  • Everything was eaten the instant it left the stove in the few precious moments before grime covered it.
  • As long as there is grime and disposable income there will be customers-no sweat.
  • grime gets trapped in places that only dampened ear swabs can reach effectively.
  • They find their afterschool haunt in an abandoned garage where they scribble their names in the grime of an old windshield.
  • Above this wainscoting of grime rose thousands of scrawled names.
  • Today these icons are forlorn with grime, ignored by the new capitalists bustling in the streets.
British Dictionary definitions for grime


dirt, soot, or filth, esp when thickly accumulated or ingrained
a genre of music originating in the East End of London and combining elements of garage, hip-hop, rap, and jungle
(transitive) to make dirty or coat with filth
Derived Forms
grimy, adjective
griminess, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch grime; compare Flemish grijm, Old English grīma mask
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Word Origin and History for grime

1580s, of uncertain origin, probably alteration of Middle English grim "dirt, filth" (early 14c.), from Middle Low German greme "dirt," from Proto-Germanic *grim- "to smear" (cf. Flemish grijm, Middle Dutch grime "soot, mask"), from PIE root *ghrei- "to rub." The verb was Middle English grymen (mid-15c.) but was replaced early 16c. by begrime.

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