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 53 anglers spent the week dealing with rain, dingy water, and post-front conditions. Craig Lamb, Outdoor Life, "The Best Lures of The Bassmaster Classic," 11 Mar. 2020 The two punch and kick at each other, then tumble down a dingy Roman staircase. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Amazing Stories’ and ‘Ugly Delicious’," 11 Mar. 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 In the dingy relief camps, young women raped by Hindu nationalists lay unattended with no help from the state. Rana Ayyub, Time, "Narendra Modi Looks the Other Way as New Delhi Burns," 28 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 To bring light into the slightly dingy and semi-underground level, the floors were lowered and the space extended into the backyard. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Modern-Day Makeover for a Banking Baron’s Former London Villa," 23 Jan. 2020 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

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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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24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dingy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingy. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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