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grimy

[ grahy-mee ]SEE DEFINITION OF grimy

Synonyms for grimy

  • dingy
  • filthy
  • grubby
  • grungy
  • messy
  • soiled
  • squalid
  • begrimed
  • besmirched
  • cruddy
  • foul
  • mucky
  • nasty
  • scuzzy
  • sleazy
  • smeared
  • smutty
  • sooty
  • sordid
  • unclean
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Antonyms for grimy

  • clean
  • neat
  • pure
  • sterile
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRIMY

There was something lying on a bed covered by a grimy sheet.

I shudder to think of the grimy network that lies on either hand.

Then he jerked a grimy thumb in the direction of the back room.

After all, if you were small, the grimy beetle crawled on—which was just what you wanted it to do.

That's what made you so grimy that day Mrs. Halden came in for tea!

He lies back on the grimy pillow, breathing fast and painfully.

In the far corner was a smithy, where a grimy lad was at work.

There, just in the middle, a factory displays its grimy buildings.

A windy day, we had said in the grimy recesses of Cliff and Dover streets.

His cap was slouched over his eyes, and his face was as grimy as the roads he mended.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from grime + -y (2). "App[arently] not in literary use during the 18th c." [OED]. Related: Griminess.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GRIMY

black

adjectivedirty
  • dingy
  • filthy
  • foul
  • grimy
  • grubby
  • impure
  • nasty
  • soiled
  • sooty
  • spotted
  • squalid
  • stained
  • unclean
  • uncleanly

dingy

adjectivesoiled, tacky
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