adjective, grim·i·er, grim·i·est.

covered with grime; dirty: I shook his grimy hand.

Origin of grimy

First recorded in 1605–15; grime + -y1
Related formsgrim·i·ly, adverbgrim·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grimy

Contemporary Examples of grimy

Historical Examples of grimy

  • 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