grimy

[ grahy-mee ]
/ ˈgraɪ mi /

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
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grimy


adj.

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

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