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dirty

play
adjective \ˈdər-tē\

Definition of dirty

dirtier

dirtiest

  1. 1 a :  not clean or pure <dirty clothes> b :  likely to befoul or defile with dirt <dirty jobs> c :  contaminated with infecting organisms <dirty wounds> d :  containing impurities <dirty coal>

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

  3. 3 a :  abominable, hateful <war is a dirty business> b :  highly regrettable <a dirty shame> c :  likely to cause disgrace or scandal <dirty little secrets>

  4. 4 :  foggy, stormy <dirty weather>

  5. 5 a of color :  not clear and bright :  dullish <dirty blond> b :  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.

14th Century

First Known Use of dirty

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 manner: as a :  deceptively, underhandedly <fight dirty> b :  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.

Circa 1931

First Known Use of dirty

circa 1931


3

dirty

verb

Definition of dirty

dirtied

dirtying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make dirty

  3. 2 a :  to stain with dishonor :  sully b :  to debase by distorting the real nature of

  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.

1591

First Known Use of dirty

1591



DIRTY Defined for English Language Learners

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dirty

play
adjective \ˈdər-tē\

Definition of dirty for English Language Learners

  • : not clean

  • : indecent and offensive

  • : relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way


2

dirty

adverb

Definition of dirty for English Language Learners

  • : in an unfair or dishonest way

  • : in an indecent or offensive way


3

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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