filthy

adjective
\ ˈfil-thē \
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 \ adverb
filthiness \ˈfil-thē-nəs \ 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

In November, eight former park employees claimed the park was confining its animals to small, filthy enclosures, leaving medical problems untreated, and withholding food. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 There was broken glass, severe water damage and filthy debris visible in the lobby. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 This week, things got sticky in several kitchens where contaminated and filthy ice were of concern to city health inspectors. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurant inspection citations for the week of June 5-12," 12 June 2018 Smuggling networks rent houses or mobile homes, cover the windows and begin cycling migrants through dwellings that often are filthy and packed. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 Some of the team names will be filthy, funny and unprintable in a family newspaper. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Over-the-Line's Miss Emerson Contest isn't what you think it is," 13 July 2018 People like Andrew Carnegie got rich by building industrial empires that also had filthy, smoke-belching steel mills. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Calif.’s Net privacy law gives consumers more clout, and Big Tech may be just fine with that," 1 July 2018 Read More Grand jury reports a filthy, crowded Jackson County jail. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Jackson County jail guard charged with having sexual contact with female inmate | The Kansas City Star," 12 May 2018 The result is a filthy White House that’s not going to be cleaned up any time soon. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s administration is full of kooks and crooks because it’s led by Donald Trump," 11 July 2018

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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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filthy rich

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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 \
filthier; filthiest

Kids Definition of filthy

: extremely dirty

Other words from filthy

filthiness noun

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