Definition of grime in US English:

grime

noun

  • 1Dirt ingrained on the surface of something.

    ‘the windows were thick with grime’
    • ‘For the mechanics, rain means washing bikes that are thick with dirt and grime after the race.’
    • ‘The frescoes, which had been covered by centuries of soot and grime, have begun to be restored.’
    • ‘You may need to do this twice if there is a heavy buildup of dirt, grease or grime.’
    • ‘The underground was filthy, marking his pale skin with soot and city grime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A dirty looking girl of about ten suddenly appeared from a nearby alley, her face caked with grime.’
    • ‘It's lunchtime and Mykola has already been working for more than five hours and his yellow overalls are caked in mud and grime.’
    • ‘There were visible layers of filth, grime, dirt, mildew on the sides of the shower stalls and on the floor.’
    • ‘The dirt and grime of industrial toil has been largely replaced by white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘Parks should be places of peace and tranquillity where we can get away from the dirt and grime of everyday life.’
    • ‘There is no trash or grime - just lots and lots of landscaping and jasmine-scented air.’
    • ‘This action frees particles of dirt, grime, and grease, which accumulate on your skin every day.’
    • ‘A mild detergent and warm water will generally remove stubborn dirt and grime.’
    • ‘His face was covered in grime and blood, and I prayed that most of it wasn't his own.’
    • ‘I use the wet wipes to clear the coating of grime from the screen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Dowling said the amount of dirt and grime thrown up by passing lorries would be reduced.’
    • ‘Everything is being scrubbed mercilessly so that not a speck of dust or grime will survive into the new year.’
    • ‘They are completely covered with a hundred years worth of dust and grime.’
    • ‘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
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  • 2A genre of popular music influenced by UK garage, typically characterized by a minimal, prominent rhythm, a very low-pitched bassline, and vocals by an MC.

verb

[with object]
  • Blacken or make dirty with grime.

    ‘the beaches are grimed with a foul foam’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took off his shirt, by now grimed with sweat and dust, and laid it out in front of where he knelt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decades of dirt, pollution, bird waste, paint, and tar grimed the once bright brick.’
    • ‘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.’
    begrime, blacken, dirty, make grimy, make dirty, make sooty, stain, soil, befoul, defile
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Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch.

Pronunciation

grime

/ɡraɪm//ɡrīm/