Origin of grimeEarly ModE, probably from Flemish grijm, akin to Old English grima from Indo-European an unverified form ghrei- from base an unverified form gher-, to rub hard, smear from source Classical Greek chrisma, ointment
transitive verbgrimed, grim′ing
transitive verbgrimed, grim·ing, grimes
Origin of grimeMiddle English grim Middle Dutch grīme ; see ghrēi- in Indo-European roots.
- Dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.
- Underneath all that soot, dirt and grime is the true beauty of the church in soft shades of sandstone.
- (music) A genre of urban music that emerged in London, England, in the early 2000s, primarily a development of UK garage, dancehall, and hip hop.
(third-person singular simple present grimes, present participle griming, simple past and past participle grimed)
- To begrime; to cake with dirt
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”).
- An English surname, probably derived from Old Norse grimr or grimmr