dirty old man

noun

: a lecherous older man

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My reality self felt like a dirty old man who needed to pay to play. Michael Rasky, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 Comedian Arte Johnson — best known for playing the dirty old man opposite Ruth Buzzi’s purse-hurling spinster on Laugh-In — is dead. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 3 July 2019 Even the hotel’s tart proprietor (Rema Webb) and resident dirty old man (Don Sparks) are required to hook up. Jesse Green, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2018 Her Petruchio, here, tells her not to worry because the sisterhood on stage alongside her – including a show-stealing Hollis Resnik, doubling as club custodian and a dirty old man – has her back. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Oct. 2017 So, was Hugh Hefner a libertine or a dirty old man? CBS News, 1 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirty old man was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Dirty old man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20old%20man. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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