\ 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 Lakers, who had gone through a tumultuous season to get here, were unaccustomed to grimy Eastern Conference basketball and never found that rhythm. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons flat-out better than Lakers in 2004. They proved it in Game 1 of NBA Finals," 6 June 2020 The grimy floors, with trails of dirt closing in around a drain below my feet. Jenna Birch,, "Before She Was Diagnosed With Small Fiber Polyneuropathy, Doctors Misdiagnosed This Woman's Pain for 18 Years," 20 May 2020 Do not be fooled by the miserable mood and the grimy 1970s backdrop. N.b., The Economist, "“Joker” is not especially perceptive or politically sophisticated," 3 Oct. 2019 William Boles’ scenic design creates a marvelous grimy decaying backdrop. Kerry Reid,, "First Floor's 'Refrigerator' aims big with dystopian sci-fi story of the IceBox," 21 May 2018 The music inside that cover is actually kickass - grimy, ratty and raw, the way most humans prefer Aerosmith. Matt Wake |, al, "10 great ‘bad’ albums by legendary rock bands," 8 May 2020 The undersides of his white sport socks were grimy with dirt. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 And that only scrapes the surface of this grimy rogue’s gallery. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Grim New Relevance of Workers Memorial Day," 28 Apr. 2020 Its stories tend to take place near nascent factories and in grimy cities, in Industrial Age England and the Wild West—in real-life settings where technologies were burgeoning. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of grimy

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Grimy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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

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