One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘reporters in grimy anoraks’
dirty, grimed, begrimed, grubby, soiled, stained, smeared, filthy, uncleaned, messy
dirt-encrusted, smutty, sooty, dusty, muddy, muddied, mud-caked, polluted
informal mucky, yucky, cruddy
British informal manky, grotty, gungy
Northern Irish informal bogging
NZ Australian scungy
literary besmirched, besmeared
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