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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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Examples

  • He stayed based in grimy Marseilles, instead of resettling in Paris and becoming part of its scene and myth.

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  • The story of victory of Jamal in grimy settings touches the basest emotions in man.

    Sold to the basest emotions

  • When we got to the Reyes compound in Tlachichuca, it was almost 9 pm and we were grimy from a day spent wading through Mexico's rural bus system.

    Mexico mountaineering expedition on Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl)

  • Winston could not remember ever to have seen a passageway whose walls were not grimy from the contact of human bodies.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • A low-ceilinged, crowded room, its walls grimy from the contact of innumerable bodies; battered metal tables and chairs, placed so close together that you sat with elbows touching; bent spoons, dented trays, coarse white mugs; all surfaces greasy, grime in every crack; and a sourish, composite smell of bad gin and bad coffee and metallic stew and dirty clothes.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • Partly blocking the door of the larder there was a shapeless sofa upon which Mrs. Brooker, our landlady, lay permanently ill, festooned in grimy blankets.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • He entered a large office, very grimy, which is the proper condition of a place where documents concerning coal are dealt with.

    Our Casualty, and Other Stories 1918

  • That's not true in other cities, where the supporting cast of tunnels and catwalks enjoys its own kind of grimy renown, a celebration of massive scale and urban prowess.

    Unseen Washington: Photographer David Deal sees the city's hidden side

  • Here's a good example, actually, of this kind of grimy, smudgy industrial landscape with some forlorn strings painted on the top of it.

    Bach, Ballet And 1-Bit Symphonies: New Classical CDs

  • I'm talking about the kind of grimy, bare-knuckles municipal greed that Warner Brothers used to make movies about in thirties.

    Back Home In Delhi

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