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 Director Gillespie’s random visual effects (matching tabloid newspaper fonts to Cruella’s celebrity pranks) miss the excitement of luxe and filthy lucre. Armond White, National Review, 28 May 2021 The 50-year-old Democrat would leave behind a city where his tenure has been defined by the coronavirus pandemic and an out-of-control homeless crisis that saw filthy encampments spread into nearly every neighborhood. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2021 In China, civets, live wolf pups and pangolins have often been kept in cramped and filthy conditions, allowing diseases to incubate and then spill into human populations. Time, 24 May 2021 Some of those who are aware blame the authorities instead for the filthy situation. Kingsley Kobo, Quartz, 16 May 2021 Prince Alessandro responded by letting the Torlonia Marbles continue to languish under a growing layer of filthy Roman dust, shrouded in plastic and malign neglect. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The final two outs were strikeouts — Jorge Soler looking on a 95.2 mph sinker in a 3-2 count and Ryan O'Hearn swinging on a filthy slider in a 1-2 count. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2021 The 6-foot, 215-pound tailback also showcased his stunning blend of balance, power and quickness on a 6-yard touchdown run, regaining his equilibrium after a filthy juke to chug into the end zone. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2021 Cities like Chicago and New York began cleaning up filthy rivers, draining standing water, and enforcing quarantines. Jonathan S. Jones, STAT, 18 Apr. 2021

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.

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Filthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filthy. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for filthy

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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