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grime

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noun
  1. dirt, soot, or other filthy matter, especially adhering to or embedded in a surface.
  2. 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, grim·ing.
  1. to cover with dirt; make very dirty; soil.

Origin of grime

1250–1300; Middle English grim; apparently special use of Old English grīma ‘mask’, to denote layer of dust; compare dialectal Dutch grijm
Related formsun·grimed, adjective
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grime

noun
  1. dirt, soot, or filth, esp when thickly accumulated or ingrained
  2. a genre of music originating in the East End of London and combining elements of garage, hip-hop, rap, and jungle
verb
  1. (tr) to make dirty or coat with filth
Derived Formsgrimy, adjectivegriminess, 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

grime

n.

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.

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