\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for filthy


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 Two subways always coexist in our imagination: the actual subway—filthy, malodorous, rodent-ridden, and all the rest, but always running—and the subway as it is thematized and made iconic, by movies and television and the tabloids. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 Prisoners are held in overcrowded, filthy jails, sometimes for years. Allison Mccann, New York Times, 16 July 2022 The couple was arrested in 2018 after one of their children -- who ranged in age from 2 to 29 -- escaped their filthy home and called police. Stella Chan And Ray Sanchez, CNN, 13 July 2022 Federal officials accused Envigo of a chain of animal welfare violations at the facility – including dogs receiving insufficient food, inadequate medical care, housing in filthy conditions and some being euthanized without anesthesia. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Those included filthy hallway carpets, leaks from ceilings, and seemingly endless elevator malfunctions that sometimes forced Petricko to climb 11 flights of stairs. Globe Staff,, 10 July 2022 The violations include medication mistakes, failing to keep patients hydrated, not investigating patient abuse, infection control, poor food and filthy conditions. John Diedrich, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 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 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'filthy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of filthy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About filthy

Time Traveler for filthy

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near filthy

filth disease


filthy dirty

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for filthy

Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Filthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

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

More from Merriam-Webster on filthy

Nglish: Translation of filthy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of filthy for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!