adjective \ˈdər-tē\

: not clean

: indecent and offensive

: relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way


Full Definition of DIRTY

a :  not clean or pure <dirty clothes>
b :  likely to befoul or defile with dirt <dirty jobs>
c :  contaminated with infecting organisms <dirty wounds>
d :  containing impurities <dirty coal>
a :  morally unclean or corrupt: as (1) :  indecent, vulgar <dirty jokes> <a dirty movie> (2) :  dishonorable, base <a dirty trick> (3) :  unsportsmanlike <dirty players>
b :  acquired by disreputable or illegal means :  ill-gotten <dirty money>
c :  disagreeable, distasteful, or objectionable but usually necessary (as in achieving a desired result) <hired a thug to do their dirty work>
a :  abominable, hateful <war is a dirty business>
b :  highly regrettable <a dirty shame>
c :  likely to cause disgrace or scandal <dirty little secrets>
:  foggy, stormy <dirty weather>
a of color :  not clear and bright :  dullish <dirty blond>
b :  characterized by a husky, rasping, or raw tonal quality <dirty trumpet tones>
:  conveying ill-natured resentment <gave him a dirty look>
dirt·i·ly \ˈdər-tə-lē\ adverb
dirt·i·ness \ˈdər-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of DIRTY

  1. All my socks are dirty.
  2. Try not to get your clothes dirty.
  3. I can't breathe this dirty city air.
  4. The baby has a dirty diaper.
  5. I hate listening to his dirty jokes.

First Known Use of DIRTY

14th century

Synonym Discussion of DIRTY

dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it <a dirty littered street>. filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears <a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy>. foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking <a foul-smelling open sewer>. nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness <it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat>. In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable <had a nasty fall> <his answer gave her a nasty shock>. squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect <squalid slums>. All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness <don't ask me to do your dirty work>, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior <filthy street language> <a foul story of lust and greed>, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness <a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor>. Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness <engaged in a series of squalid affairs>.

Rhymes with DIRTY



: in an unfair or dishonest way

: in an indecent or offensive way


Full Definition of DIRTY

:  in a dirty manner: as
a :  deceptively, underhandedly <fight dirty>
b :  indecently <talk dirty>

Examples of DIRTY

  1. Watch out for her. She plays dirty.
  2. He usually wins because he fights dirty.

First Known Use of DIRTY

circa 1931

Rhymes with DIRTY



: to make (something) dirty


Full Definition of DIRTY

transitive verb
:  to make dirty
a :  to stain with dishonor :  sully
b :  to debase by distorting the real nature of
intransitive verb
:  to become soiled

Examples of DIRTY

  1. Take off your shoes to keep from dirtying the floor.
  2. Her fingers were dirtied with ink.

First Known Use of DIRTY



adjective \ˈdərt-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DIRTY

:  contaminated with infecting organisms <dirty wounds>


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