Definition of grime in US English:

grime

noun

  • 1Dirt ingrained on the surface of something.

    ‘the windows were thick with grime’
    • ‘Mr Dowling said the amount of dirt and grime thrown up by passing lorries would be reduced.’
    • ‘There is no trash or grime - just lots and lots of landscaping and jasmine-scented air.’
    • ‘For the mechanics, rain means washing bikes that are thick with dirt and grime after the race.’
    • ‘It's lunchtime and Mykola has already been working for more than five hours and his yellow overalls are caked in mud and grime.’
    • ‘Parks should be places of peace and tranquillity where we can get away from the dirt and grime of everyday life.’
    • ‘A dirty looking girl of about ten suddenly appeared from a nearby alley, her face caked with 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.’
    • ‘Daily grime, oil, sweat and residual makeup can clog pores and result in dull skin.’
    • ‘A mild detergent and warm water will generally remove stubborn dirt and grime.’
    • ‘The dirt and grime of industrial toil has been largely replaced by white-collar jobs.’
    • ‘The frescoes, which had been covered by centuries of soot and grime, have begun to be restored.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were visible layers of filth, grime, dirt, mildew on the sides of the shower stalls and on the floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This action frees particles of dirt, grime, and grease, which accumulate on your skin every day.’
    • ‘They are completely covered with a hundred years worth of dust and grime.’
    • ‘The underground was filthy, marking his pale skin with soot and city grime.’
    • ‘You may need to do this twice if there is a heavy buildup of dirt, grease or grime.’
    • ‘Everything is being scrubbed mercilessly so that not a speck of dust or grime will survive into the new year.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decades of dirt, pollution, bird waste, paint, and tar grimed the once bright brick.’
    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/