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[grahy-mee] /ˈgraɪ mi/
adjective, grimier, grimiest.
covered with grime; dirty:
I shook his grimy hand.
1605-15; grime + -y1
Related forms
grimily, adverb
griminess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Fabric shades that have become a bit grimy may require more invasive action.
  • Some say countries that welcome such grimy guests are offering a public service.
  • Actually, it was pewter-gray, grimy in the setting sun.
  • My mouse seems to suck up every grimy quark and boson on my desk and do something unpleasant with it.
  • The two-story brick building looks almost abandoned a grimy facade, windows covered over, no sign outside.
  • Back at the lodge, exfoliate grimy layers of history in the spa's bear claw tubs.
  • No other major-league team has such a grimy ghost in the attic of its history.
  • On the outside, it's a grimy brick building facing a noisy expressway.
  • Every morning, the fishermen gather at a grimy outdoor cafe overlooking the docks of this ancient port town.
  • He stepped inside and immediately slipped down two flights of grimy gypsum.
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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