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adjective, grim·i·er, grim·i·est.
  1. covered with grime; dirty: I shook his grimy hand.
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Origin of grimy

First recorded in 1605–15; grime + -y1
Related formsgrim·i·ly, adverbgrim·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

dingy, messy, grubby, grungy, squalid, filthy, soiled, foul, nasty, sleazy, smutty, sooty, sordid, unclean, mucky, besmirched, cruddy, scuzzy, smeared

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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.

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