filthy

adjective
\ 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
b : obscene filthy language

filthy

adverb

Definition of filthy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from filthy

Adjective

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

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Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The ball was still in the air, but Doughty knew his step-back 3-pointer, which followed a filthy crossover that put Colgate’s Jordan Burns on skates and sent him sliding toward the baseline, was good. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Instant analysis: Samir Doughty, No. 19 Auburn throttle Colgate, remain undefeated," 19 Nov. 2019 This Blog is here for a purpose—to fight pedophilia and znus [lechery], not for snide remarks, filthy comments or threats. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 The US Border Patrol arrested more than 104,000 people last month, and tens of thousands — including many children — are being held in detention centers that are often overcrowded, filthy, and disease-ridden. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Palmer Luckey’s border surveillance startup is getting $13.5 million to monitor Marine Corps bases," 24 July 2019 Next to the couch was the parents’ bed, draped with other dogs, including the giant, filthy, slobbering St. Bernard, and at least three of the girls. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 Individuals mentally ill to the point of being unable to carry out normal life functions, cannot continue to live in filthy conditions, abuse substances, and create existential harm to themselves and the community. Johnny Khamis, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Santa Clara County can do more to help solve root causes of homelessness," 13 Sep. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, Fortune, "US Moves FEMA, Coast Guard Money to Fund Border Programs," 28 Aug. 2019 And don’t even think about slipping, because the handrails are just as filthy as the floor. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, Fortune, "US Moves FEMA, Coast Guard Money to Fund Border Programs," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of filthy

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of filthy was in the 14th century

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Filthy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filthily. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for filthy

filthy

adjective
How to pronounce filthy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of filthy

: very dirty
: very offensive or disgusting and usually about sex
: very evil : morally wrong

filthy

adjective
\ 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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