\ 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



Definition of filthy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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filthily \ ˈfil-​thə-​lē How to pronounce filthily (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthiness (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sometimes knowingly, sometimes not, Houdini evoked actual cruelties—slavery and imprisonment, people cast into filthy cells and tormented for years. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Harry Houdini and the Art of Escape," 23 Mar. 2020 Eventually they were released, my uncle jaundiced, my brother filthy. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 American presidents simply do not call American cities filthy and dangerous. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Stop calling Trump a racist — look up the word nationalist," 28 July 2019 This time, in a filthy little outpost called Fort Tillicum that is still, by comparison, the model of civilization, King Lu offers assistance. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Kelly Reichardt's 'First Cow' is a slow-burning thriller you need to see. Here's why," 11 Mar. 2020 History doesn’t record who the first person was that decided to take a flashlight and strap it to his head, but the idea likely stemmed from the old mining days when men burrowed into dark, filthy caves and tunnels searching for minerals. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Choosing Your Next Headlamp," 2 Mar. 2020 District of Columbia Washington: Unsafe and filthy conditions at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority parking garages have prompted changes in how the structures are cleaned. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 This financing—which has included supporting the most extreme oil and gas projects, like the huge pipelines planned in Canada’s uniquely filthy tar sands complex—is perhaps the single least defensible part of the fossil fuel enterprise. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "A Very Hot Year," 25 Feb. 2020 The only thing filthy about the first half was the All-Star's performance. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons destroyed by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 126-106," 21 Feb. 2020

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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 9 Apr. 2020.

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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


\ 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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