din·​gy | \ˈdin-jē \
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 \ -​jə-​lē \ adverb
dinginess \ -​jē-​nəs \ 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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There are multiple rooms that visitors need to navigate which include workstations and stored parts on display, (purposely) dingy hallways, and two pre-show presentations. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal's Virtual Line revamps queues for attractions," 13 June 2018 Under Nutter, Occupy Philly was allowed to seize control of the dank and dingy Dilworth Plaza for 56 days in the fall of 2011 in a protest touching on economics and class. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney's relationship with progressives?," 5 July 2018 Jonathan Fire*Eater was known primarily for its chaotic live shows in dingy bars and clubs. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "In memoriam through June 1: ‘Pong’ game creator, political prankster who got Nixon," 1 June 2018 Some young birds’ legs may be dingy black with some greenish areas. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 As depicted in Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive's series, the troupe of spandexed warriors was born in a dingy garage when women who couldn't find a place elsewhere finally discovered support, comfort and even creative inspiration in one another. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "'Glow' goes from good to great in Season 2," 15 June 2018 But contrary to popular perception, violations do not occur only on dingy backstreets. The Economist, "British employers find it surprisingly easy to flout labour law," 13 June 2018 For a long time it was housed in a dingy former military building in an unprepossessing part of the city. The Economist, "China fights Taiwan on airline websites," 14 June 2018 The New Moms Group sits in a circle on a faux-fur rug in the homey, dingy back room. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017

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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 \
dingier; dingiest

Kids Definition of dingy

: rather dark and dirty a dingy room

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