\ ˈfil-thē How to pronounce filthy (audio) \
filthier; filthiest

Definition of filthy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : covered with, containing, or characterized by filth filthy streets filthy dishes
2a : underhand, vile
b : obscene filthy language



Definition of filthy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a filthy manner filthy dirty
2 : very, exceedingly filthy rich

Other Words from filthy


filthily \ ˈfil-​thə-​lē How to pronounce filthy (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthy (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of filthy in a Sentence

Adjective She's in a filthy mood. you simply cannot use such filthy language on the public airwaves Adverb grew up filthy poor and hated every minute of it
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The electric vehicle industry, for all its promise of lowering carbon emissions by removing internal combustion engines and tailpipes, is still filthy. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 29 June 2022 The 2005 film The Aristocrats documented the history of the joke, which was so filthy that comedians traditionally told it backstage at clubs rather than in the spotlight. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2022 Kevin Owens took a filthy upside-down bump in the turnbuckle that sent him flying onto his back. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The sidewalks were filthy, filled with homeless tents and a god-awful smell. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 5 June 2022 The Magic absorbed the full arsenal, including a filthy dribble move and layup that helped send the game to overtime, a huge 3 in overtime, and a gorgeous behind-the-back pass to Josh Richardson in transition that helped seal it. Tom Westerholm,, 2 June 2022 But though the universe is filthy with expander graphs, human beings have failed time and again to produce them by hand. Quanta Magazine, 2 June 2022 The message has resonated in many circles — in a city angry over tents on its streets, crime on the rise, filthy buses and trains. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 Now the footbeds bear an imprint of my toes, the soles are slightly worn down, and the webbing is filthy. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 9 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of filthy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Filthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for filthy


\ ˈfil-thē How to pronounce filthy (audio) \
filthier; filthiest

Kids Definition of filthy

: extremely dirty

Other Words from filthy

filthiness noun

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