dingy

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web The walk continues to a dingy yellow building in a far corner of the prison compound where some of the state’s most challenging inmates are kept, along with death row and the execution chamber. oregonlive, "Take a look inside Oregon’s execution chamber," 4 Feb. 2020 The camera work is jittery and restless, the atmosphere suffocatingly dingy. Barbara Vandenburgh, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Lively turns assassin in dopey ‘Rhythm Section’," 30 Jan. 2020 The camera work is jittery and restless, the atmosphere suffocatingly dingy. Barbara Vandenburgh, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Lively turns assassin in dopey ‘Rhythm Section’," 30 Jan. 2020 The camera work is jittery and restless, the atmosphere suffocatingly dingy. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Blake Lively turns assassin in dopey, glum thriller 'The Rhythm Section'," 29 Jan. 2020 To prevent dingy shower grout, run a squeegee over the tile after you're done showering. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors, Showers, and More," 20 Jan. 2020 To remove this dingy buildup, start with these all-natural solutions: Lemon Juice + Salt Create a paste with lemon juice (lime or orange juice works, too) and salt at a 75:25 ratio, respectively. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Clean Copper so It Goes From Green to Great," 14 Jan. 2020 No matter how clean your toilet, shower, or sink may be, if the grout between your shower or floor tiles is dingy, your entire bathroom will look — and feel — dirty. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors, Showers, and More," 20 Jan. 2020 Karen's hair is almost unmussed, but blood streams from her eyes and nose and mouth, soaking into a ratty rug and a dingy parquet-floored hallway near the dog's bowl. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dingy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for dingy

dingy

adjective
How to pronounce dingy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dingy

: dark and dirty : not fresh or clean

dingy

adjective
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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