\ 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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Examples of grime in a Sentence

The windows were coated with grime. this new product really cuts through grime
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Sometimes hundreds of years of grime was removed, revealing bright gravestones., "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,, "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

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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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3 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce grime (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grime

: dirt that covers a surface


\ ˈgrīm How to pronounce grime (audio) \

Kids Definition of grime

: dirt rubbed into a surface

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