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[grahym] /graɪm/
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.
verb (used with object), grimed, griming.
to cover with dirt; make very dirty; soil.
Origin of grime
dialectal Dutch
1250-1300; Middle English grim; apparently special use of Old English grīma ‘mask’, to denote layer of dust; compare dialectal Dutch grijm
Related forms
ungrimed, adjective Unabridged
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  • grimes presented resolutions relative to the mission of Mercier to Richmond, a mission allowed, almost authorized by Mr. Seward.

  • He went at once to Mr. Puddleham, and learned from him that grimes' story was true.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • He might have made himself easy, poor little man; Mr. grimes did not turn into a water-baby, or anything like one at all.

    The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
  • I will communicate with Mr. grimes and arrange for you to visit him—soon.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • grimes yielded at once, and took his spade and measurements away, although Mr. Puddleham fretted a good deal.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for grimes


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
(transitive) to make dirty or coat with filth
Derived Forms
grimy, adjective
griminess, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch grime; compare Flemish grijm, Old English grīma mask
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Word Origin and History for grimes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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