grime

noun
\ ˈgrīm How to pronounce grime (audio) \

Definition of grime

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

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grime transitive verb

Synonyms for grime

Synonyms

crud, dirt, filth, gunk, muck, smut, soil

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Examples of grime in a Sentence

The windows were coated with grime. this new product really cuts through grime

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Getting grime off the streets is much more important than keeping children in trouble with the law near their families for support. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Council so worried about murder, it votes to mow grass and sweep streets," 27 June 2019 That, with a little help from a cleaning solution, will get all the grime off for about $40—and in less than two minutes. Glamour, "How to Clean Your Engagement Ring at Home (and What Not to Do)," 21 June 2019 Oil trapped beneath it mingles with grime and bacteria, causing inflammation and the red, swollen bump that ultimately makes a pimple. Deanna Pai, Allure, "How to Identify and Find the Best Treatment for Every Kind of Acne," 18 Apr. 2018 Power washing the exterior is a great way to remove accumulated dirt, grime and moss. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to improve your curb appeal," 3 June 2019 How to clean costume jewelry Dab a cloth into a sudsy solution of dish soap and water and gently wipe any smudges or grime. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 How to properly care for your jewelry Remove rings when washing your hands, applying beauty products, cleaning the house, or applying lotions to keep the settings grime-free. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 Simply twist the wand to release the cleaner and use the soft brush tip to remove dirt and grime. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 To combat the germs and grime that accumulate on your bedding, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Cleaning Lab recommends changing out your sheets at least every two weeks, but weekly is even better. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Clean Your Bedroom So You Can Sleep Better Than Ever," 14 Mar. 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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grime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grime

: dirt that covers a surface

grime

noun
\ ˈgrīm How to pronounce grime (audio) \

Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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