din·​gy ˈdin-jē How to pronounce dingy (audio)
dingier; dingiest
: dirty, unclean
dingy fingernails
: shabby, squalid
a dingy hotel room
dingily adverb
dinginess 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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Word History


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First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dingy was in 1691

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“Dingy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingy. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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din·​gy ˈdin-jē How to pronounce dingy (audio)
dingier; dingiest
: rather dark and dirty : not fresh or clean
a dingy room
dingy colors
dingily adverb
dinginess noun

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