\ 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

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filthily \ ˈfil-​thə-​lē How to pronounce filthily (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthiness (audio) \ noun

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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 There is no list of qualifications, other than being filthy rich. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Sheila Ford Hamp shouldn't get a honeymoon as new Detroit Lions owner," 24 June 2020 One of the many joys of office life before coronavirus was the daily mandate to get out of our filthy apartments for hours on end. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Unsolicited parcels of spiders and other things that don't belong in the mail," 15 June 2020 The mattress part is filthy, the fabric tattered and the springs twisted out of shape. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Huge yard sale raises funds for Medina’s McDowell-Phillips House restoration," 14 June 2020 The place was filthy, but Warhol’s friend Billy Name (né Billy Linich, but Linich was a name, right? Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Untangling Andy Warhol," 1 June 2020 These days, the cars have become especially filthy, with people leaving behind food scraps, trash, vomit, urine and feces, two cleaners in Coney Island said. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Here’s What the First Night of the Subway Shutdown Looked Like," 7 May 2020 Abject conditions are standard throughout the penal system, where access to running water is not guaranteed, toilets are filthy, and emergency hospital visits require a warden’s permission regardless of the doctor’s opinion. Time, "The Coronavirus Is Prompting Middle East Regimes to Release Prisoners. But Journalists and Activists Remain Behind Bars," 27 Mar. 2020 The clips show users soaking sheets, towels, and clothes in a solution of borax and detergent for several hours, often resulting in a tub full of brown, filthy-looking water as dirt and residue releases from the items. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Laundry Stripping Is the Grossly Satisfying Way to Get Linens Extra Clean," 20 May 2020 There were moral objections to children being blown out of sleep to death on a filthy street. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, "Robert Stone’s Bad Trips," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of filthy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Filthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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

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