dingy

adjective din·gy \ ˈdin-jē \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of dingy

dingier; dingiest
1 : dirty, unclean
  • dingy fingernails
2 : shabby, squalid
  • a dingy hotel room

dingily

play \-jə-lē\ adverb

dinginess

play \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of dingy in a Sentence

  1. He's been staying in a dingy motel.

  2. the bed sheets were pretty dingy so we threw them in the laundry pile

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Origin and Etymology of dingy

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DINGY Defined for English Language Learners

dingy

adjective

Definition of dingy for English Language Learners

  • : dark and dirty : not fresh or clean


DINGY Defined for Kids

dingy

adjective din·gy \ ˈdin-jē \

Definition of dingy for Students

dingier; dingiest
: rather dark and dirty
  • a dingy room


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