Definition of grime in English:

grime

noun

  • 1Dirt ingrained on the surface of something.

    ‘the windows were thick with grime’
    • ‘You may need to do this twice if there is a heavy buildup of dirt, grease or grime.’
    • ‘The dirt and grime of industrial toil has been largely replaced by white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘This action frees particles of dirt, grime, and grease, which accumulate on your skin every day.’
    • ‘Mr Dowling said the amount of dirt and grime thrown up by passing lorries would be reduced.’
    • ‘They are completely covered with a hundred years worth of dust and grime.’
    • ‘Parks should be places of peace and tranquillity where we can get away from the dirt and grime of everyday life.’
    • ‘The ceilings must be 20 feet high and the beams are covered in layers of paint and grime from its years as a steel foundry.’
    • ‘There were visible layers of filth, grime, dirt, mildew on the sides of the shower stalls and on the floor.’
    • ‘There is no trash or grime - just lots and lots of landscaping and jasmine-scented air.’
    • ‘It's lunchtime and Mykola has already been working for more than five hours and his yellow overalls are caked in mud and grime.’
    • ‘If there was one thing, one discomfort that she could not take, it was the feeling of grime caked in her clothes, skin and pores.’
    • ‘The underground was filthy, marking his pale skin with soot and city grime.’
    • ‘His face was covered in grime and blood, and I prayed that most of it wasn't his own.’
    • ‘For the mechanics, rain means washing bikes that are thick with dirt and grime after the race.’
    • ‘A mild detergent and warm water will generally remove stubborn dirt and grime.’
    • ‘A dirty looking girl of about ten suddenly appeared from a nearby alley, her face caked with grime.’
    • ‘Everything is being scrubbed mercilessly so that not a speck of dust or grime will survive into the new year.’
    • ‘The frescoes, which had been covered by centuries of soot and grime, have begun to be restored.’
    • ‘I use the wet wipes to clear the coating of grime from the screen.’
    • ‘Daily grime, oil, sweat and residual makeup can clog pores and result in dull skin.’
    dirt, smut, soot, dust, mud, filth, mire, sludge, dross, pollution
    muck, gunge, yuck, crud, goo
    grot
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  • 2A form of dance music influenced by UK garage, characterized by machine-like sounds.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Blacken or make dirty with grime.

    ‘the windows were grimed like a coal miner's goggles’
    • ‘Decades of dirt, pollution, bird waste, paint, and tar grimed the once bright brick.’
    • ‘The only sign of life there today came from a mouldy old caravan, all steamy windows and grimed with neglect, where a radio was playing Sunday morning music of the popular kind.’
    • ‘The big natural arch of rock that overshadows them all is grimed with the dead black of smoke, and two great white crosses painted on the cliff mark the shrine.’
    • ‘Sara leapt at Rin, clawing at her with inch-long nails grimed with dirt as though she had clawed her way up from the grave.’
    • ‘The white Roman columns that supported the faded stucco were covered with cracks and lesions, and the windows were either boarded up or too grimed over to see through.’
    • ‘He took off his shirt, by now grimed with sweat and dust, and laid it out in front of where he knelt.’
    begrime, blacken, dirty, make grimy, make dirty, make sooty, stain, soil, befoul, defile
    besmirch
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Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch.

Pronunciation:

grime

/ɡrʌɪm/