begrime

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Etymology[edit]

A pair of gardening gloves begrimed with soil.

From be- (prefix meaning ‘about; abundantly; all around; all over’) +‎ grime (to cake with dirt).[1]

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begrime (third-person singular simple present begrimes, present participle begriming, simple past and past participle begrimed)

  1. (transitive) To ingrain grime or dirt which is difficult to remove into (something); also (more generally), to make (something) dirty; to soil.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:dirty
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:make clean

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  1. ^ begrime, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2018; “begrime, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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