\ 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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Synonyms for grime


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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However, other materials in the pore, like dead skin cells and grime, can get clogged in there at the same time. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Get Rid of Adult Acne," 13 June 2018 Centuries of grime and yellowed varnish were removed, revealing the original colors in all their pristine glory. John Von Rhein,, "Marek Janowski's belated CSO downtown debut sends electric charge through Orchestra Hall," 1 June 2018 Its gardens paved for parking, its murals caked with grime, its wires fraying and its circuits in every way overloaded, the palace had become a firetrap. Jane Kamensky, WSJ, "‘The Library Book’ Review: The People’s Palace," 11 Oct. 2018 And be sure to wipe off all your makeup before crashing; along with the pollution and general grime that accumulates on your skin during the day, sleeping with makeup on will only lead to more damage. Kristin Perrotta, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Anti-Aging Secrets Dermatologists Tell Their Friends," 2 Oct. 2018 Buildup of grime is fairly common in coolant systems, so there could be a restriction somewhere. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix Your Car's Heater," 6 Sep. 2018 Ever wanted to creep a little closer to grime, disease and debilitating addiction? Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Buy Now: $199 for 2, Buy Now: $99 for Mini, A Glossier bestseller (and Traveler favorite), this ultra creamy, pH-balanced face wash gets every bit of grime off after a day on the road. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel-Size Beauty Products to Pack in Your Carry-On," 10 July 2018 Scrub stubborn gunk and grime with a non-abrasive wipe, like Brillo Basics Estracell Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 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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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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