Definition of grime
: soot, smut, or dirt adhering to or embedded in a surface; broadly : accumulated dirtiness and disorder
Examples of grime in a Sentence
The windows were coated with grime.
this new product really cuts through grime
Recent Examples of grime from the Web
The camera carefully regards McBurney’s exposed, unconscious body while Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman) sponges the battle grime from his skin.
It is caked with mud and grime, but an ornate design is nevertheless visible.
Superstars of the grime music scene such as JME, Stormzy and Akala all tweeted, Instagrammed or Snapped their support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the days leading up to the election.
Strings swoop, backing vocals become percussion beds, keyboards are smudged and distorted with dance club grime, beats ascend and then dissolve.
Instead of a traditional manicure, the nail artists opted to make digits look dirty with a filthy wash of color and grime under the fingernails.
A recent sit-down with grime artist JME garnered huge attention with #Grime4Corbyn trending on social media.
SKEPTA AND STORMZY The British genre called grime deploys rat-a-tat electronic rhythms behind rappers who insist on gritty urban realism and reject (in both lyrics and presentation) celebrity trappings.
Inmates and their families complain of crowding, broken plumbing, grime and fear of spending even a short amount of time within a facility where there is no assurance of safety.
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Origin and Etymology of grime
Middle Dutch grime soot, mask; akin to Old English grīma mask
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
GRIME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grime for English Language Learners
: dirt that covers a surface
GRIME Defined for Kids
Definition of grime for Students
: dirt rubbed into a surface
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