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

Examples of grime in a Sentence

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


Middle Dutch grime soot, mask; akin to Old English grīma mask

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grime was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: dirt rubbed into or covering a surface
also : accumulated dirtiness and disorder
grime verb

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