\ 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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Examples of grime in a Sentence

The windows were coated with grime. this new product really cuts through grime
Recent Examples on the Web His ability to bridge regional gaps made his name come up in conversations that also mentioned U.K. grime artist Skepta and rapper Sheff G. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Gone Too Soon: Pop Smoke’s Reign Was Just Beginning," 31 Dec. 2020 Remove any nitty-gritty grime from button crevices with a toothpick, then dry the remote with a lint-free cloth and reinstall the batteries. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Clean At Home After Someone Has Been Sick," 11 Dec. 2020 To get rid of any remaining grime, coat the dish generously with baking soda and a few squirts of dish soap, and fill with piping-hot water. Betsy Goldberg, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Get Gunk off Your Dishes (Even When You Can’t See It)," 17 Dec. 2020 Worried about whether the i7+ can handle your home’s specific level of grime? Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Our favorite robot vacuum of all time is great for pet hair—and it just got a major price cut," 3 Dec. 2020 Using your hands to remove dirt, grime or oil that has collected on your face throughout the day is standard, but experts say a cleansing brush is the key to taking your routine to the next level. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "Our favorite facial cleansing brush is on sale this Black Friday 2020," 28 Nov. 2020 In some cases, this type of grime can even affect the performance of your stove. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "7 Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Keep Your Home Cleaner," 27 Oct. 2020 Aside from truly rinsing away grime (some dry shampoos just cover it up), shampoo helps nourish the tissue around hair follicles, resulting in healthier strands, says Wilson. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 25 Nov. 2020 There are also pictures showing dirt and grime starting to accumulate in the gap, which looks pretty gross. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google says the Pixel 5’s uneven panel gaps are nothing to worry about," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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