grime

noun
\ˈgrīm \

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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Use a couple times a week instead of your cleanser helps keep your skin free of residual grit and grime. Barret Wertz, GQ, "The Best Anti-Pollution Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Try This Summer," 14 May 2018 All those boxes crammed with family photos were water-logged and smeared with the dingy grime of damp soot. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: June brings colorful birds to my yard," 11 June 2018 Inside her home after a night’s work, Susannah took her time showering the grime from her body and cleaning the dirt from her fingernails. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 The grime will come right off of your hardworking pans with minimal scrubbing, if any. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "NEVER Scrub a Pot or Pan Again with This Simple Trick," 18 Aug. 2015 Luxury condos, galleries, restaurants and boutiques have all but pushed out the industrial grime around the old freight route. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Philadelphia railroad ruins transformed into elevated park," 9 June 2018 Sprucing up your mattress every few months helps counteract the sweat and grime that builds up from seven or eight hours of nightly use. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 Borrowing some grime slang in the process, Drake saves his most honest rhymes for the last verse. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Drake Isn’t Finished With Pusha T Yet — Or Kanye West & Beyoncé — In A New Freestyle," 8 July 2018 All that’s needed now is someone who can see the house’s beauty and promise under all that the grit and grime. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Dale Evans’ Uvalde home for sale — but needs tons of work," 25 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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