Definition of grime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrīm/


1Dirt ingrained on the surface of something, especially clothing, a building, or the skin.
Example sentences
  • For the mechanics, rain means washing bikes that are thick with dirt and grime after the race.
  • 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.
2A form of dance music characterized by machinelike sounds and hip-hop vocals.


[with object]
Blacken or make dirty with grime: the beaches are grimed with a foul foam
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
blacken, dirty, stain, soil
literary begrime, besmirch


Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch.

Words that rhyme with grime

begrime, Chaim, chime, climb, clime, crime, dime, half-time, I'm, lime, mime, mistime, part-time, prime, rhyme, rime, slime, sublime, sub-prime, thyme, time

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Syllabification: grime

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