from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Black dirt or soot, especially such dirt clinging to or ingrained in a surface.
  • transitive v. To cover with black dirt or soot; begrime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.
  • n. A genre of urban music that emerged in London, England, in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, dancehall, and hip hop.
  • v. To begrime; to cake with dirt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Foul matter; dirt, rubbed in; sullying blackness, deeply ingrained.
  • transitive v. To sully or soil deeply; to dirt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with dirt; soil; befoul; begrime.
  • n. Foul matter; dirt; soil; foulness, especially of a surface; smuttiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being covered with unclean things
  • v. make soiled, filthy, or dirty


Middle English grim; akin to Middle Dutch grīme; see ghrēi- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English grim ("dirt or soot covering the face") from a specialized note of Old English grīma ("mask"). Possibly influenced by Danish grim ("soot, grime"), Old Dutch grijmsel, Middle Dutch grime, Middle Low German greme ("dirt"). (Wiktionary)


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