grime

noun
\ 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

Synonyms for grime

Synonyms

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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Simply twist the wand to release the cleaner and use the soft brush tip to remove dirt and grime. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 To combat the germs and grime that accumulate on your bedding, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Cleaning Lab recommends changing out your sheets at least every two weeks, but weekly is even better. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Clean Your Bedroom So You Can Sleep Better Than Ever," 14 Mar. 2019 Lather up by adding water to wipe away makeup and general airport grime before and during your flight. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "How to Cure Dry, Dehydrated Airplane Skin, According to the Pros," 26 Feb. 2019 Then, wash the car, removing any surface contaminants such as dirt, grease, and road grime. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint a Car," 4 Feb. 2019 The tablets are designed to remove the odor-causing residues and grime daily loads leave behind. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Reviewers With Smelly Washing Machines Can't Stop Raving About Affresh Tablets," 7 Jan. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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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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grime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grime

: dirt that covers a surface

grime

noun
\ ˈgrīm How to pronounce grime (audio) \

Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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