\ 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

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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 This gentle cleanser, suitable for all types of sensitive skin from oily to dry, effectively removes makeup, dirt, and grime, at the same time as targeting dryness and redness. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 Houseplants with large leaves and smooth foliage — such as philodendrons, dracaenas and rubber plants — can benefit if their leaves are occasionally washed to remove dust and grime. Tim Johnson,, 29 Jan. 2022 When the mop becomes fully caked in dirt and grime after continuous use, there's no easy way to deep clean the head. Amy Jamieson,, 15 Apr. 2022 Hard wearing materials shed grime, and can be wiped clean, even if a lot of them aren’t soft to the touch. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2022 When no more grime comes off, go over the surface again with a clean cloth moistened with plain water. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 Plus, leaving behind bacteria, dust, and grime only creates more work for you in the long run. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2022 Thanks to its unique seven-oil blend, this cleanser attracts daily dirt and grime up and away from sensitive skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Work began this week washing away years of grime and detritus accumulated on the 100-year-old Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Sts. Suzanne Baker,, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Grime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈgrīm How to pronounce grime (audio) \

Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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