- 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
Related Words for grimesdust, muck, filth, soot, crud, tarnish, soil, smut, smudge, film, gunk, gook
Examples from the Web for grimes
Contemporary Examples of grimes
Several polls over the last few months—including in early October—have showed Grimes with a slight lead over McConnell.Mitch McConnell’s Big Day: A Turtle Suns Himself
November 4, 2014
Despite these financial disadvantages, Grimes has kept the contest fairly close.
Super PACs have aided both candidates, but Grimes has less dark-money support than McConnell.
What has hurt Grimes throughout is who won the presidency and how Kentucky views him.Mitch McConnell-Alison Lundergan Grimes Debate Leaves Kentucky Hanging
October 14, 2014
As you should know by now, Grimes has been refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama.How Red-State Democrats Can Throw Obama Under the Bus
October 13, 2014
Historical Examples of grimes
With such people as the Grimes's, the courier was supreme, and his rule despotic.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Grimes is very handsome, though appears to be a little proud.
They are come to tell me a Mr. Grimes and his Lady are come to wait on us.
I've talked it all over with Grimes and two or three other friends.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
"And I would have his salary increased, George," said Mrs. 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
- (tr) to make dirty or coat with filth
Word Origin for grime
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.