[ grahym ]
See synonyms for: grimegrimedgriming on

  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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English grim; apparently special use of Old English grīma “mask,” to denote layer of dust; compare dialectal Dutch grijm

Other words from grime

  • un·grimed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for grime


/ (ɡraɪm) /

  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

  1. (tr) to make dirty or coat with filth

Origin of grime

C15: from Middle Dutch grime; compare Flemish grijm, Old English grīma mask

Derived forms of grime

  • grimy, adjective
  • griminess, noun

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