- dirt, soot, or other filthy matter, especially adhering to or embedded in a surface.
- a style of music influenced by rap, ragga, etc., and characterized by lyrics and imagery that reference the dark side of urban life.
- to cover with dirt; make very dirty; soil.
Origin of grime
Examples from the Web for grime
Cars have national attributes and GM wants their luxury line to grab the glitz of New York instead of the grime of Detroit.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
Restorers completed a 12-year project in 1998 that cleaned decades of grime from the ceiling.
That grime came from the cigarette smoke of millions of commuters.
“I am looking to get into the grime rap UK scene,” he told The Sun.Harry Potter Hip-Hop
July 13, 2011
The grime was perpetually renewed; scrubbing only ground it in.Alice Adams
Winford, foul with grime and his clothing torn to rags, stood there.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
It was like beholding a dainty flower in the grime and brutality of the branding pen.Hidden Water
It is just a sordid affair of mud, shell-holes, corpses, grime and filth.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
A single diamond glittered from the dirt and grime that soiled her finger.The Harbor of Doubt
- dirt, soot, or filth, esp when thickly accumulated or ingrained
- a genre of music originating in the East End of London and combining elements of garage, hip-hop, rap, and jungle
- (tr) to make dirty or coat with filth
Word Origin and History for grime
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.