grime

Part of speech: verb

To soil; begrime.

Part of speech: noun

That which soils; dirt ground in.

Part of speech: adjective

Grimy.

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Usage examples "grime":

  1. No, he would not touch her, he told himself; she was to be his wife- she was the sweetest, purest human flower that ever bloomed, and until he was freer from the grime of his past he would not insult her by further intimacy. - "The Desired Woman", Will N. Harben.
  2. A moment later they were floating down the river; there was nearly half a mile of furnaces and slag- banked shore before they left Mercer's smoke and grime behind them and began to drift between low- lying fields or through narrow reaches where the vineyard- covered hills came down close to the water. - "The Iron Woman", Margaret Deland.
  3. She looked across the brook at her companion, now sitting back on his heels, and saw that there had emerged from his grime a thin, tanned, high- nosed face, topped by drab- colored hair of no great abundance and lighted by a pair of extraordinarily clear, gray eyes. - "The Bent Twig", Dorothy Canfield.