\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from filthy


filthily \ ˈfil-​thə-​lē How to pronounce filthily (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthiness (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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dozens of patients with tuberculosis languished in filthy rooms. Washington Post, "UN agency halts operations at troubled Libya migrant center," 30 Jan. 2020 Those beautiful ponds were once the foundations of filthy, contaminated buildings., "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 8: The nuclear wrap-up," 28 Jan. 2020 At the corner of Turk and Jones streets in the Tenderloin sits a tiny, underused, filthy parking lot. Heather Knight,, "SF says no thanks to free housing for homeless on vacant Tenderloin lot," 24 Jan. 2020 Even people far away from the flames are breathing filthy air. The Economist, "A burning question Why was Australia’s government so ill-prepared for the bushfires?," 11 Jan. 2020 The report says the unsafe and filthy conditions remained that way for days and sometimes even months at a time. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Metro’s inspector general says transit agency paid contractor for cleaning services that didn’t happen," 16 Jan. 2020 For the dogs rescued from these often filthy and inhumane facilities, these closures are the start of a new life. Kelli Bender,, "6 Canines from South Korea Dog Meat Farm Rescued Just in Time to Find a Home for the Holidays," 2 Dec. 2019 The Connors said their baby boy has been subjected to frigid and filthy conditions at the Berks lockup, developing blotchy skin and what seems to be an eye infection. Author: Jeff Gammage, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. officials dispute Canadian border crossing story of British family held in Pennsylvania detention center," 16 Oct. 2019 After the brouhaha in the throne room, Kylo, in a bid to get Rey to rule alongside him, forces her to admit that her parents were nobodies, just a pair of filthy drunk traders who sold her out for drinking money. Lauren Morgan,, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 21 Dec. 2019

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.

See More

First Known Use of filthy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

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

Statistics for filthy

Last Updated

3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Filthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for filthy


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on filthy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for filthy

Spanish Central: Translation of filthy

Nglish: Translation of filthy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of filthy for Arabic Speakers

Comments on filthy

What made you want to look up filthy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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