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grime

[ grahym ]SEE DEFINITION OF grime

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRIME

The grime was perpetually renewed; scrubbing only ground it in.

Winford, foul with grime and his clothing torn to rags, stood there.

It was like beholding a dainty flower in the grime and brutality of the branding pen.

It is just a sordid affair of mud, shell-holes, corpses, grime and filth.

A single diamond glittered from the dirt and grime that soiled her finger.

The dust and soot drift in and settle on our clothes, and grime our hands and face.

All still again, and they listened and shook again with fog and grime.

For the soot and grime become them, and London as well, for that matter.

With the grime and dirt off his face he was pale and haggard.

Also we washed the mummy dust and grime from our hands and brows and made us clean.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, of uncertain origin, probably alteration of Middle English grim "dirt, filth" (early 14c.), from Middle Low German greme "dirt," from Proto-Germanic *grim- "to smear" (cf. Flemish grijm, Middle Dutch grime "soot, mask"), from PIE root *ghrei- "to rub." The verb was Middle English grymen (mid-15c.) but was replaced early 16c. by begrime.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GRIME

dust

nountiny particles in the air
  • ashes
  • cinders
  • dirt
  • dust bunnies
  • earth
  • filth
  • flakes
  • fragments
  • gilings
  • granules
  • grime
  • grit
  • ground
  • lint
  • loess
  • powder
  • refuse
  • sand
  • smut
  • soil
  • soot

grunge

adjectivedirt; rock music style of the early 1990s
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