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

Definition of grimy

: full of or covered with grime : dirty

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 But if neglected, outdoor rugs can accumulate grimy buildup over time. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2022 The earnest emotional surge of Knight’s voice and body language give John permission to get grimy. Danyel Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The streets were dirty and grimy, crime ran rampant and morale was at an all-time low. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2022 When bombs stopped falling on the northern Ukraine city of Chernihiv, Yulia Zhdanova and her sons ran up from the basement and devoured a pot of cold vegetable soup with grimy hands. James Marson, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 Or, apparently, glimpsed out of a grimy window during the 80-minute bus ride from Beijing to Yangqing, the site of sliding sports and Alpine skiing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 It’s August, everyone’s sweaty and a little grimy, and the bank gets hotter and hotter once the air-conditioning is cut off. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 French producer Habstrakt’s latest release is a grimy club banger with sophisticated edge and heaps of bad boy energy. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 From sweeping a grimy New York studio to presiding over an interactive, innovative exhibit gracing the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), it's been a journey for music industry legend Jimmy Iovine. Euan Mckirdy, CBS News, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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1612, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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\ ˈgrī-mē How to pronounce grimy (audio) \
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