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dirty

play
adjective \ˈdər-tē\

Definition of dirty

dirtier

;

dirtiest

  1. 1a :  not clean or pure dirty clothes dirty fingernailsb :  likely to befoul or defile with a soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime) dirty jobsc :  contaminated with infecting organisms dirty woundsd :  containing impurities dirty coal

  2. 2a :  morally unclean or corrupt: such as (1) :  indecent, vulgar dirty jokes a dirty movie (2) :  dishonorable, base a dirty trick (3) :  unsportsmanlike dirty playersb :  acquired by disreputable or illegal means :  ill-gotten dirty moneyc :  disagreeable, distasteful, or objectionable but usually necessary (as in achieving a desired result) hired a thug to do their dirty work

  3. 3a :  abominable, hateful war is a dirty businessb :  highly regrettable a dirty shamec :  likely to cause disgrace or scandal dirty little secrets

  4. 4 :  foggy, stormy dirty weather

  5. 5a of color :  not clear and bright :  dullish dirty blondb music :  characterized by a husky, rasping, or raw tonal quality dirty trumpet tones

  6. 6 :  conveying ill-natured resentment gave him a dirty look

dirtily

play \ˈdər-tə-lē\ adverb

dirtiness

play \ˈdər-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of dirty in a Sentence

  1. All my socks are dirty.

  2. Try not to get your clothes dirty.

  3. I can't breathe this dirty city air.

  4. The baby has a dirty diaper.

  5. I hate listening to his dirty jokes.

Origin and Etymology of dirty

see dirt


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of dirty

dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it. a dirty littered street filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears. a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking. a foul-smelling open sewer nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness. it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable. had a nasty fall his answer gave her a nasty shock squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect. squalid slums All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness don't ask me to do your dirty work, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior filthy street language a foul story of lust and greed, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness. a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness. engaged in a series of squalid affairs

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dirty

adverb

Definition of dirty

dirtier

;

dirtiest

  1. :  in a dirty (see 1dirty) manner: such asa :  deceptively, underhandedly fight dirtyb :  indecently talk dirty

Examples of dirty in a Sentence

  1. Watch out for her. She plays dirty.

  2. He usually wins because he fights dirty.

Origin and Etymology of dirty

see dirt


First Known Use: circa 1931


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dirty

verb

Definition of dirty

dirtied

;

dirtying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to soil with a substance (such as mud or grime) :  to make dirty (see 1dirty) dirtied my new shoes

  3. 2a :  to stain with dishonor :  sully tried to dirty his reputationb :  to debase by distorting the real nature of … their religion took most of the rural whites' pleasures away from them, dirtying sex and the human body until it was a nasty thing … — Lillian Smith

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become soiled

Examples of dirty in a Sentence

  1. Take off your shoes to keep from dirtying the floor.

  2. Her fingers were dirtied with ink.

Origin and Etymology of dirty

see dirt


First Known Use: 1591



DIRTY Defined for English Language Learners

dirty

play
adjective

Definition of dirty for English Language Learners

  • : not clean

  • : indecent and offensive

  • : relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way

dirty

adverb

Definition of dirty for English Language Learners

  • : in an unfair or dishonest way

  • : in an indecent or offensive way

dirty

verb

Definition of dirty for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) dirty


DIRTY Defined for Kids

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dirty

play
adjective \ˈdər-tē\

Definition of dirty for Students

dirtier

;

dirtiest

  1. 1 :  not clean dirty clothes

  2. 2 :  unfair, mean a dirty trick

  3. 3 :  not pleasant but usually necessary a dirty job

  4. 4 :  being vulgar :  not decent dirty jokes

  5. 5 :  showing dislike or anger a dirty look

dirtiness

noun

2

dirty

play
adverb

Definition of dirty for Students

  1. :  in an unfair or dishonest way She plays dirty.


3

dirty

play
verb

Definition of dirty for Students

dirtied

;

dirtying

  1. :  to make or become unclean


Medical Dictionary

dirty

play
adjective \ˈdərt-ē\

Medical Definition of dirty

dirtier

;

est

  1. :  contaminated with infecting organisms dirty wounds



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