One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Dirt ingrained on the surface of something, especially clothing, a building, or the skin.
dirt, smut, soot, dust, mud, filth, mire, sludge, dross, pollutionView synonyms
- ‘There is no trash or grime - just lots and lots of landscaping and jasmine-scented air.’
- ‘The underground was filthy, marking his pale skin with soot and city grime.’
- ‘A mild detergent and warm water will generally remove stubborn dirt and grime.’
- ‘You may need to do this twice if there is a heavy buildup of dirt, grease or grime.’
- ‘Mr Dowling said the amount of dirt and grime thrown up by passing lorries would be reduced.’
- ‘A dirty looking girl of about ten suddenly appeared from a nearby alley, her face caked with grime.’
- ‘The dirt and grime of industrial toil has been largely replaced by white-collar jobs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Parks should be places of peace and tranquillity where we can get away from the dirt and grime of everyday life.’
- ‘They are completely covered with a hundred years worth of dust and grime.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For the mechanics, rain means washing bikes that are thick with dirt and grime after the race.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This action frees particles of dirt, grime, and grease, which accumulate on your skin every day.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Everything is being scrubbed mercilessly so that not a speck of dust or grime will survive into the new year.’
- ‘It's lunchtime and Mykola has already been working for more than five hours and his yellow overalls are caked in mud and grime.’
2A form of dance music characterized by machinelike sounds and hip-hop vocals.
Blacken or make dirty with grime.‘the beaches are grimed with a foul foam’
begrime, blacken, dirty, make grimy, make dirty, make sooty, stain, soil, befoul, defileView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘Decades of dirt, pollution, bird waste, paint, and tar grimed the once bright brick.’
Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch.
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