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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from grime

grime transitive verb

Synonyms for grime

Synonyms

crud, dirt, filth, gunk, muck, smut, soil

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of grime in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Sometimes hundreds of years of grime was removed, revealing bright gravestones. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 8 Aug. 2019 Once Rob was on board, Probst then had to secure another partner-in-grime. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Jeff Probst explains how Survivor: Island of the Idols works," 10 Sep. 2019 Set inside a bumping 126-beats-per-minute dance track, the collaboration draws on a lineage that whisks the techno and house sounds of Detroit, Chicago and Berlin with a dollop of London grime to create a particularly potent Skrillex confection. Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: Skrillex with Ty Dolla Sign and Devendra Banhart’s ode to Venezuela," 28 Aug. 2019 Mr Spencer’s pictures move chronologically from rave via dancehall and garage to grime. D.b., The Economist, "“Sweet Harmony”, a new exhibition, celebrates the British rave scene," 2 Aug. 2019 And the outer door skins extend below the sill so road grime will not dirty pants or legs on entry or exit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 Dust, grime and cobwebs are built up along the pillars. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "You asked: What’s at the top of that weird spire in Baltimore’s skyline? We took a reader up to find out.," 25 July 2019 There’s the obvious stuff — your garden variety dirt, grass, leaves, grime, debris, and liquids from various unknown sources. Liz Krieger, Good Housekeeping, "Shoes Are Banned In My House — But I Have One Very Important Exception," 12 June 2019 They’re built exclusively for getting you there, often through the grime of New York subways and sidewalks. Vogue, "Actually, the Cool Commuter Shoe Does Exist," 8 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grime.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grime

Statistics for grime

Last Updated

7 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for grime

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for grime

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on grime

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with grime

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for grime

Spanish Central: Translation of grime

Nglish: Translation of grime for Spanish Speakers

Comments on grime

What made you want to look up grime? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!