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

Other Words from dingy

dingily \ ˈdin-​jə-​lē How to pronounce dingy (audio) \ adverb
dinginess \ ˈdin-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce dingy (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 halls are dingy but lined with students’ Inuit sculptures and dreamcatchers. NBC News, 14 Oct. 2020 My aluminum cookware has become dull and dingy looking. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2020 The scene of Stubbs wearing a tacky tourist T-shirt drinking a beer in a dingy apartment looks like very authentic Stubbs to me — this, not pretending to be a security chief patrolling the theme park, seems like Stubbs’ natural habitat. James Hibberd, EW.com, 6 Apr. 2020 One set of stairs descends to the central Kim family’s dingy semi-basement apartment in modern-day Seoul, while another ascends to the front door of the ultrawealthy Park family, for whom the cash-strapped Kims work. Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2019 Instead Mr Tillerson had to duck into the headquarters of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, a dingy office that shares a building with a shuttered Japanese restaurant in an unremarkable corner of the capital. The Economist, 1 Mar. 2018 At the beginning of the film, a laconic trucker named Gorō, a Robert Mitchum type in a plaid shirt and cowboy hat, stops for a bite at a dingy roadside ramen shop. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 8 May 2020 Remember that the dingier the water, the slower the approach should be. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, 10 Apr. 2020 Days before the phone call, in early August, Kurdish intelligence officials had led Othman into a small, dingy room with flowery curtains that blocked the view of northeastern Syria outside. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dingy

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dingy

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“Dingy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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