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 filthy (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthy (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 Since then, 67,000 people were pushed back to Mexico, where many lived in tent communities that have been described by Democratic lawmakers as filthy and heartbreaking. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Republicans seek to reinstate Trump program that forced asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico," 24 Feb. 2021 Despite the packaging of reggaeton as global pop, a palpable tension remains between Puerto Rico’s subjugated political status and its boisterous, filthy, defiant and now world-dominating music. New York Times, "The World According to," 31 Jan. 2020 The sight of 10 House Republicans voting to impeach left Trump in a filthy mood. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump fumes as aides try to fill final days with perks of the White House," 15 Jan. 2021 Still, the pandemic has brought heightened awareness of just how filthy the world can be, and marketers are taking advantage of it. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "It's a Big Year for ‘Clean Tech’ at CES," 12 Jan. 2021 But Sunday was a reminder of how filthy the group can be. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Big games from Michael Gallup and company show how filthy Cowboys’ star receiving trio can be," 27 Dec. 2020 But the canal, ever filthy, helped maintain the area’s industrial character. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 Nasser's political activities landed his family in pretrial detention, his children and wife languishing in a filthy dark hall, Haydar said. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "2 brothers were separated in an Iraqi jail. Now one believes he's found the other.," 27 Dec. 2020 One of Teng’s neighbors who speaks Mandarin said the protesters shouted filthy curses at him, too. Washington Post, "Chinese dissidents say they’re being harassed by a businessman with links to Steve Bannon," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Filthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filthy. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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