- Present participle of grime.
Variant of grime
dirt, esp. sooty dirt, rubbed into or covering a surface, as of the skin
Origin of grimeEarly Modern English 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