\ ˈgrī-mē How to pronounce grimy (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Based on the Baker Street Irregulars, who appeared in three of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, the titular characters are a gang of scrappy street kids, led by a 17-year-old girl called Bea, who eke out a living in London's grimy underbelly. Sarah Lazarus And Jane Sit, CNN, "Netflix's new show 'The Irregulars' gives the Sherlock Holmes story a supernatural reboot," 26 Mar. 2021 Watching a grimy, mundane stone transform into a fascinating gem can be awe-inspiring for kids and adults alike, and spark a life-long passion for polishing gems and studying earth sciences. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "10 Fun Educational Toys And Gadgets To Keep Your Kids Entertained During Spring Break," 18 Mar. 2021 Northern New Mexico was an American Tahiti in the early 20th century — a sunny paradise that lured artists away from grimy industrial cities with blazing light, stunning landscapes and an alluring mix of Anglo, Hispanic and Native American culture. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates Gustave Baumann, poet of Southwestern light and landscape," 14 Mar. 2021 On the other side, Cleveland’s feisty, grimy defensive identity seems like a distant memory. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Do Cleveland Cavaliers have answers to fix their problems? ‘Nobody is coming to rescue us’," 22 Feb. 2021 The medical facilities here are basic and Huyeet grimaces as the grimy dressing is unraveled, revealing a gunshot wound. Nima Elbagir, CNN, "'They left us for dead.' Tigray refugees tell of horrors after Ethiopian troops vowed they'd be safe," 8 Dec. 2020 Blast away grimy dirt and mildew from your patio, outdoor furniture, fences, driveways, and even cars and your stress will melt away. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning," 16 Dec. 2020 Morgues with bodies stripped naked, piled on top of each other on grimy floors make for scenes that look more like war zones than hospitals, Matthew Chance, Zahra Ullah and Mary Ilyushina report. Angela Dewan, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, November 17," 17 Nov. 2020 Arrested soon afterward and held in a grimy prison, the broadcaster, Denis Dudinsky, reappeared a few days later — this time with a video message calling on opponents of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko to stop protesting. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "‘You Cannot Say No’: The Reign of Terror That Sustains Belarus’s Leader," 14 Nov. 2020

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2021

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“Grimy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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

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