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[grahy-mee] /ˈgraɪ mi/
adjective, grimier, grimiest.
covered with grime; dirty:
I shook his grimy hand.
Origin of grimy
1605-15; grime + -y1
Related forms
grimily, adverb
griminess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was flushed with sleep, and grimy with sweat and smoke and dirt.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • There was something lying on a bed covered by a grimy sheet.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • In a grimy frame, protected by a square of fly-brown glass, was a square, official-looking bit of paper.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • I shudder to think of the grimy network that lies on either hand.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The June afternoon was softening to a rosy dimness as he came in, very tired physically, hot and grimy, and sick of soul.

    August First Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
Word Origin and History for grimy

1610s, from grime + -y (2). "App[arently] not in literary use during the 18th c." [OED]. Related: Griminess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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