\ ˈgrī-mē \
grimier; grimiest

Definition of grimy

: full of or covered with grime : dirty

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Other Words from grimy

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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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 Lean's faithfulness to the grimy details of the novel is still a shock for those brought up on the sugary world of Oliver! Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Film / Poverty / Television This Week on Filmstruck: Films about Hard Times," 2 Feb. 2018 On the sidewalk outside St. Thomas Church, a uniformed firefighter mopped up a grimy spot. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Funeral Is Held for Firefighter Killed by Ground Zero Toxins," 29 June 2018 The trees bloom almost everywhere, from those on ritzy streets on the Gold Coast of Pacific Heights, to scraggly street trees in grimy alleys. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Plenty of good omens, if you know where to look," 17 Feb. 2018 And in place of the soft fictionalizations of All the President’s Men, The Newsroom, The Post, and the like, there are the relatively grimy details of documentary. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Fourth Estate in the Age of Bad Faith," 15 June 2018 The electricity had gone out earlier that day, dropping the grimy corridors and sleeping rooms into darkness, and Bo wasn’t going to waste his chance. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of grimy

1612, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˈgrī-mē \
grimier; grimiest

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