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
2a : underhand, vile
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

On fur farms, mink, foxes and rabbits are kept in small, filthy cages their entire lives before being anally electrocuted, gassed or bludgeoned to death. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: With anti-cruelty bill California can be a leader in compassion," 2 July 2019 Advocates and attorneys have decried fetid, filthy conditions inside the stations that were not meant as more than a temporary holding station. NBC News, "Salvadoran migrant dies in U.S. border custody," 1 July 2019 Lawyers had just arrived to visit those same detention facilities along the border, finding children who were filthy and hungry and crying, without access to toothbrushes or soap or sleep. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Department of Justice lawyer defends herself over viral video about providing soap, toothbrushes to migrants," 26 June 2019 The children were filthy, many of them sick, many of them hungry, with inadequate hygiene and care. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Immigration Policy: Bordering on Madness," 25 June 2019 News reports from the late 1980s say the children were found filthy and pecked by chickens the family kept in their apartment. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 The inspectors reported that the animals were held in filthy, overcrowded enclosures, with more than 30 held in spaces meant for two. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "More than 100 neglected lions found in a South African breeding facility," 8 May 2019 Rats have a reputation for being filthy and sneaky. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 The seniors living in those nursing homes have faced filthy conditions, neglect, safety hazards and physical abuse. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "These Colorado nursing homes were poorly rated and eligible for federal oversight. Until this week, nobody knew.," 13 June 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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filthy

adjective

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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