\ 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 Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, a sci-fi opus bathed in dirty neon and dystopic grime, is set in 2019 Los Angeles, a time period that must have seemed as radically far off to the filmmakers back then as its more recent sequel's 2049 setting does today. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "5 Movies You Completely Forgot Were Set at Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Because the fact of the matter is all that dirt and grime has to go somewhere. Country Living, "How to Clean a Washing Machine the Right Way," 22 Nov. 2019 Now is also the time for a thorough cleaning of all brightwork, vacuuming/washing of the carpets and deck, and a general overall grime-busting expedition. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 Amika’s scalp cleansing oil brings together a grime-busting duo of pink clay and charcoal to absorb dirt, sebum, and impurities lurking at your roots, while moisturizing the scalp with antioxidants and omega fatty acids. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This Amika Cleansing Oil Is the Only Product That Prevents Dry Shampoo Buildup on My Scalp," 15 Oct. 2019 The brilliant thing, of course, is that all that grime will stay inside the pillowcase, rather than getting all over you or whatever is beneath the fan. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "Five Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Easier," 4 May 2018 One of the highlights of this years Glastonbury festival was grime artist Dave performing one of his biggest tracks 'Thiago Silva' on stage with a fan., "Footballer Namedrops: Thiago Silva Is Far From the First Time Players Get Mentioned in Rap," 1 July 2019 Among other things, the AJC detailed how insects, mold and grime had made the place a breeding ground for infection and how security lapses had caused nurses to flee for their safety. Danny Robbins, ajc, "Doctor and nurses warn that prison medical care again in jeopardy," 8 Sep. 2019 The downside is that blinds generally require more of a commitment to keep clean, because the slats attract dust and grime. Alice Hurley, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy Blinds and Shades," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Grime.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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