dirt·​bag ˈdərt-ˌbag How to pronounce dirtbag (audio)
: a dirty, unkempt, or contemptible person

Examples of dirtbag in a Sentence

forgetting my birthday was the final straw—I had to dump the dirtbag
Recent Examples on the Web The closest Hunter has to a forerunner may be turn-of-the-millennium Robert Downey, Jr.: a painfully public avatar of squandered privilege, a darkly hilarious rogue casting off sparks of pathos and augurs of doom, America’s favorite dirtbag. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 So, from the climber’s point of view, a dirtbag is just someone who’s really in nature, who’s constantly on the road. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2024 Men who introduce themselves with off-color jokes, like young Matty (Toby Wallace, a standout in Babyteeth, once again excellent at being an off-putting dirtbag from some angles and a dreamboat from others), turn out to be great fun in the light of day. Vulture, 6 Oct. 2023 My first exposure was hearing Rock & Roll Animal on the radio, as a 13-year-old dirtbag. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2023 Just don’t call him a dirtbag, Moss-Bachrach pleaded. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 22 June 2023 And though his own upbringing was supportive, he’s had his share of dirtbags to draw on. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 22 June 2023 The book is a nonfiction account of a team of addicts, ex-cons and semi-reformed dirtbags whose members recapture a piece of their innocence on the baseball diamond. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 When Sundog was but a teenage dirtbag, climbing the crags of Southern California during the Reagan years, these sports were still heavily dominated by dudes, and the sight of a woman on the end of a rope was met with hushed envy. Sundog, Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirtbag was circa 1967

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“Dirtbag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirtbag. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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