Middle English grim (“dirt or soot covering the face”) from a specialized note of Old English grīma (“mask”), from Proto-Germanic *grīmô (“mask”). Possibly influenced by Danish grim (“soot, grime”), Old Dutch grijmsel, Middle Dutch grime, Middle Low German greme (“dirt”).
- Dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.
- Underneath all that soot, dirt and grime is the true beauty of the church in soft shades of sandstone.
- (music) A genre of urban music that emerged in London, England, in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, dancehall, and hip hop.
- grimy (adjective)
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- To begrime; to cake with dirt
- 1862, Edwin Waugh, Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine:
- All grimed with coaldust, they swing along the street with their dinner baskets and cans in their hands, chattering merrily.
- 1920, Harold Bindloss, Lister's Great Adventure:
- Fog from the river rolled up the street and the windows were grimed by soot, but Cartwright had not turned on the electric light.
- 1918, Harold Bindloss, The Buccaneer Farmer:
- His skin was grimed with dust, for he had ridden hard in scorching heat, and was anxious and impatient to get on.
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Of Flemish origin.