To begrime; to cake with dirt.
An English surname, probably derived from Old Norse grimr or grimmr.
Origin of Grime
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”).
Middle English grim Middle Dutch grīme ghrēi- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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