din·​gy | \ ˈdin-jē How to pronounce dingy (audio) \
dingier; dingiest

Definition of dingy

1 : dirty, unclean dingy fingernails
2 : shabby, squalid a dingy hotel room

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Other Words from dingy

dingily \ ˈdin-​jə-​lē How to pronounce dingily (audio) \ adverb
dinginess \ ˈdin-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce dinginess (audio) \ noun

Examples of dingy in a Sentence

He's been staying in a dingy motel. the bed sheets were pretty dingy so we threw them in the laundry pile

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In this terrible reboot, there’s no local flavor, or any flavor. Thompson’s Agent M gets on an NYC subway car — and the familiar dingy cabin transforms into a luxury lounge with comfy seating. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 There’s nothing like clutter to make a room feel cramped and dingy. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "18 Pieces from Walmart’s New MoDRN Collection That’ll Upgrade Every Room in Your Home," 20 May 2019 Or the mob of fans lighting flares inside a dingy gym. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Greek Mythology of the NBA’s Superstar," 2 Apr. 2019 These machines can help clean up dingy arms and headrests on your furniture, not to mention spots on carpets, rugs, and car interiors. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 That can be lovely, but give it a day and that winter wonderland quickly transforms into a hellish landscape of dingy gray slush puddles and cramped sidewalks, packed with unhappy commuters. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 The last place one expects to meet a European princess is in the dingy basement office of a parking garage in Durban, South Africa. Darren Walker, Town & Country, "Princess Mabel of the Netherlands Has Devoted Herself to Ending the Scourge of Child Marriage," 17 Jan. 2017 The color and fabric discrepancies between a dingy sample and a pristine new dress are a good thing. Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 Anyone who has flown out of LaGuardia can probably conjure up its dark, dingy corridors without much effort. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dingy

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dingy

origin unknown

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The first known use of dingy was in 1691

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English Language Learners Definition of dingy

: dark and dirty : not fresh or clean


din·​gy | \ ˈdin-jē How to pronounce dingy (audio) \
dingier; dingiest

Kids Definition of dingy

: rather dark and dirty a dingy room

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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