\ 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

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But by this time some of the grimy men are fast asleep. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Run the otherwise-empty dishwasher on the hottest setting—this will allow the vinegar to absorb odors and erode grimy buildup on the walls of the machine. Sara Clark, Country Living, "How to Clean Your Dishwasher," 23 May 2019 Attack extra-grimy spots with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($9 for eight, or Goo Gone Patio Furniture Cleaner ($5, Bed, Bath and Beyond). 2. Good Housekeeping, "Speed Clean Your Patio for Spring," 13 Mar. 2014 Also undeniable: The fact that your pristine Stan Smiths, your investment Yeezy Powerphases, and your beloved Converse will, without question, get downright grimy. Glamour, "Twitter Is Freaking Out Over This 'How to Clean White Sneakers' Trick," 15 May 2019 If your window screen looks especially grimy, pop it out and wash with hot, sudsy water and a soft brush, then rinse and let dry before putting it back. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean Windows, According to Our Cleaning Lab," 22 Feb. 2019 Soon Mimi went to work for the church full-time, leaving the kids with their grandfather and later their father, Danny, in a grimy apartment on the Lower East Side. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Grow Up in a Cult," 31 Oct. 2018 The town was a little more grimy and had much more of its old-world charm still attached. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "50 years ago Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper invaded New Orleans to film 'Easy Rider'," 12 Feb. 2018 Director Julius Avery isn’t well-known — this is his second feature after the 2014 heist movie Son of a Gun — but the trailer makes this look like Hellboy meets 28 Days Later with the grimy visual aesthetic of Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, November 2018," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of grimy

1612, in the meaning defined above

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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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