Definition of grimy in English:

grimy

adjective

  • Covered with or characterized by grime.

    ‘the grimy industrial city’
    • ‘I've been living here since 1996 and have come a long way from the grimy flat I shared with my best mate B. years ago.’
    • ‘I have a copy of the second edition, its original dust jacket tatty and grimy but intact.’
    • ‘The campaign is part of a push to end Manchester's grimy industrial image and sell the city to the world as clean, green and modern.’
    • ‘It is hoped it will change people's perception of Sheffield as a grimy city which has never quite managed to lose its industrial past.’
    • ‘The men were all very grimy, and their weariness showed in their filthy faces.’
    • ‘The security guard talks to someone on his radio and then pulls out a grimy duster and wipes the window clean.’
    • ‘During their imprisonment the couple, who claim they are innocent, were split up and put in grimy concrete cells.’
    • ‘Pulling himself out from under the car, Jonnie Adair grabs a rag and wipes his grimy hands.’
    • ‘All the children share two grimy double mattresses, on a double bunk in their tiny plywood bedroom.’
    • ‘He was dressed in grimy black clothes and it must have been months since he had shaved or showered.’
    • ‘They wanted to shoot a car chase in a rundown alley but could not find anywhere sufficiently grimy and derelict.’
    • ‘Out in the car park Damian wiped his grubby nose on an equally grimy handkerchief.’
    • ‘What started as a pristine white shirt on Thursday morning was now really grimy.’
    • ‘The other location was York Street, a grimy thoroughfare running between Argyle Street and the river.’
    • ‘Behind a grimy, barred window sits a chain-smoking woman of indeterminate age.’
    • ‘In Hong Kong, the management suite moved from the tony Central district to a grimy industrial estate.’
    • ‘Add to that the fact that he never washed up and left bits of old takeaways lying around and you can get a good idea of how grimy this place was!’
    • ‘Complete with sagging roof and grimy stairway, the flat was above a DIY shop and near a bus stop.’
    • ‘The city centre has been spruced up in recent years, although to look at the grimy exteriors you wouldn't know it.’
    • ‘Still feeling grimy after the long day on the boat, she walked over to the washbasin to freshen up.’
    dirty, grimed, begrimed, grubby, soiled, stained, smeared, filthy, uncleaned, messy
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Pronunciation

grimy

/ˈɡrʌɪmi/