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Definition of grime

: soot, smut, or dirt adhering to or embedded in a surface broadly : accumulated dirtiness and disorder

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Examples of grime in a Sentence

The windows were coated with grime. this new product really cuts through grime
Recent Examples on the Web In China, to slip into bed unwashed — after a day slowly accumulating grime and perspiration — is seen as unhygienic. John Kelly, Washington Post, "I used to think showering at night was weird. The pandemic has made it my habit.," 27 June 2020 Wash the vessel to rid it of any dirt, dust, and grime, to ensure your flowers get the best start possible. Southern Living, "How To Keep Cut Roses Alive," 17 June 2020 Summer months encourage sweaty and oily skin, and wearing a mask on top of that—trapping dirt, grime, oil, and makeup—can create a perfect storm, causing 'maskne'—or mask acne and irritation. Christina Oehler,, "Dramatic Eye Makeup Is the Beauty Solution to Wearing a Face Mask This Summer," 13 June 2020 Homeowners everywhere rely on power washers for efficient maintenance, because no one wants to spend a day getting grime out of a wooden deck. Popular Science, "Power washers to transform your home, deck, driveway, and more," 29 May 2020 There's nothing more frustrating than vacuuming your floors, only to later realize your machine did a sub-par job, leaving behind a layer of dust and grime. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can snag this top-rated Roomba at a massive discount for today only," 1 June 2020 Day-to-day problems with grime, transients and equipment have become magnified as transit takes on a more critical role for a small population. Rachel Swan,, "Bay Area trains, buses struggle to cope with coronavirus pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 In recent years, scientists have come to realize that grime, grit, and germs are actually pretty important for training our immune system during childhood. Katherine J. Wu, Popular Science, "Fight viruses in your home without making bacteria stronger," 4 Apr. 2020 The streaked grime — melting snow — characteristic of the bricks of Chicago in winter in winter, can be seen here even on the faces. Kathleen Rooney,, "Rediscovering Bette Howland: A vital Chicago voice resurfaces in ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grime

Middle Dutch grime soot, mask; akin to Old English grīma mask

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The first known use of grime was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

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“Grime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grime

: dirt that covers a surface


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Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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