\ ˈgrī-mē How to pronounce grimy (audio) \
grimier; grimiest

Definition of grimy

: full of or covered with grime : dirty

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griminess noun

Examples of grimy in a Sentence

this mirror is so grimy you can barely see your reflection in it
Recent Examples on the Web The album after that, Reputation, ventured even further into electro-pop, with distorted vocals and grimy, club-ready beats. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Is the Artist of the Decade—Whether You Like It or Not," 24 Dec. 2019 There are grimy mechanical moments intertwined with beautiful, aimless and introspective melodies. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Dance Songs of 2019: Staff List," 20 Dec. 2019 Reporters who carry out this grimy task are actively rewarded by the editors who hold the keys to power at major national publications. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "You Know What Tucker Carlson Believes," 17 Dec. 2019 Karsten Moran for The New York Times The director Todd Phillips was looking last year for a particular grimy outdoor staircase in New York City. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "‘Joker’ Stairs Become a Bronx Tourist Draw. Hope You’re in Shape.," 31 Oct. 2019 There were no carpeted seats or grimy floors in sight aboard the two shiny red and silver trains on display at the MBTA’s Cabot Yard., "The MBTA unveiled its new and modernized Red Line trains to the media Thursday afternoon at the agency’s maintenance facility in South Boston. They’ll begin rolling next spring.," 8 Nov. 2019 But Hamm, at least, knows not to make Shaw vaudevillian, just giving him a grimy edge and letting Billy Ray’s rather blunt script do the rest. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Richard Jewell Offers a Murky Picture of Heroism," 10 Dec. 2019 Of course, for some particularly nasty diseases, vaccines do the work of a grimy mitt—safely. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s how measles wipes out the immune system’s memory," 6 Nov. 2019 Footage of the parade showed Chinese military aircraft streaking multicolored smoke trails across grimy skies., "“China is an aging society, and our study provides an additional motivation for the country to reduce ambient air pollution for the sake of enhancing the birthrate,” the researchers wrote.," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of grimy

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grimy was in 1612

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“Grimy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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\ ˈgrī-mē How to pronounce grimy (audio) \
grimier; grimiest

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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