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[grahy-mee] /ˈgraɪ mi/
adjective, grimier, grimiest.
covered with grime; dirty:
I shook his grimy hand.
Origin of grimy
First recorded in 1605-15; grime + -y1
Related forms
grimily, adverb
griminess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was something lying on a bed covered by a grimy sheet.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • I shudder to think of the grimy network that lies on either hand.

    Cleo The Magnificent

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

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • After all, if you were small, the grimy beetle crawled on—which was just what you wanted it to do.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • That's what made you so grimy that day Mrs. Halden came in for tea!

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
Word Origin and History for grimy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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