\ 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

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That grimy basement now has a smooth concrete floor. Susan Dunne,, "13 years and millions of dollars later, the ambitious, enormous American Mural Project is coming together," 1 July 2019 Amid these giant structures and inhospitable foregrounds, Schwartz celebrates a collection of ragtag users including a sweaty jogger, a parking lot attendant, skateboarders and tailgaters picnicking under a grimy bridge. Steven Litt,, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 In the 1930s, this flat stretch to the east of Potrero Hill, one of the Drive’s more unlikely sections, was a grimy industrial and residential neighborhood, whose residents toiled at places like the Union Iron Works and the American Can Company. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 Shawna Potter is no stranger to long nights, grimy dive bars, or sweaty mosh pits. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "War on Women’s Shawna Potter Wrote a Book About Making Spaces Safer," 27 June 2019 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

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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