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

  • adj. Covered or smudged with grime. See Synonyms at dirty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. stained, or covered with grime

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of grime; begrimed; dirty; foul.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of grime; foul; dirty.

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

  • adj. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot


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