Stain vs Grime - What's the difference?

stain | grime |

As nouns the difference between stain and grime

is that stain is a discoloured spot or area while grime is dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.

As verbs the difference between stain and grime

is that stain is to discolour something while grime is to begrime; to cake with dirt.

As a proper noun Grime is

{{surname|A=An|English}}, probably derived from Old Norse grimr or grimmr



(wikipedia stain)


(en noun)
  • A discoloured spot or area.
  • A blemish on one's character or reputation.
  • A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.
  • A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.
  • Derived terms

    * (l) * Giemsa stain * Leishman stain * Romanowsky stain * Wright-Giemse stain * Wright's stain


    (en verb)
  • To discolour something
  • to stain the hand with dye
    armour stained with blood
  • To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
  • * Milton
  • Of honour void, / Of innocence, of faith, of purity, / Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained .
  • To coat a surface with a stain
  • to stain wood with acids, coloured washes, paint rubbed in, etc.
    the stained glass used for church windows
  • To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
  • To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • She stains the ripest virgins of her age.
  • * Spenser
  • that did all other beasts in beauty stain


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    (wikipedia grime)


  • Dirt, grease, soot, etc. that is ingrained and difficult to remove.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall.  Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime .}}
  • (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.
  • Verb

  • To begrime; to cake with dirt
  • * {{quote-book, year=1862, author=Edwin Waugh, title=Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=All grimed with coaldust, they swing along the street with their dinner baskets and cans in their hands, chattering merrily.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1920, author=Harold Bindloss, title=Lister's Great Adventure, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Fog from the river rolled up the street and the windows were grimed by soot, but Cartwright had not turned on the electric light.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1918, author=Harold Bindloss, title=The Buccaneer Farmer, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=His skin was grimed with dust, for he had ridden hard in scorching heat, and was anxious and impatient to get on.}} ----