\ 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

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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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Dust, grime and cobwebs are built up along the pillars. Mckenna Oxenden,, "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 Its aerosol Foaming Tire Cleaner cuts through brake dust and routs road grime to prepare the sidewalls for step two, dressing the tires. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A little summer lovin’ for the care of cars and RVs," 21 July 2019 While stray food and grime can create desirable destinations for unwanted guests, sometimes the occasional roach can't be avoided, due to the structure of your home or hidden cracks or openings that inevitably welcome pests inside. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How To Get Rid of Roaches Before They Become a Major Problem," 18 July 2019 Bar Keepers Friend contains oxalic acid, which breaks down mineral deposits and other grime. Washington Post, "The solution for stubborn dirt on porcelain tile? These products, and elbow grease.," 15 July 2019 Galaxy’s Edge, lovingly grime-caked and even tangled with power lines of its own, recognizes that Star Wars is about such moments of recognition. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 Don’t skip out on the movie’s memorable disco scenes, leisure suits and city grime. Jennifer Vineyard, New York Times, "The Best TV Shows and Movies New to Netflix, Amazon and More in June," 1 June 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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