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dirty

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dirty

  1. 1 not clean after working in the factory all day, his clothes are very dirty Synonyms of dirty bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, black, blackened, cruddy, dingy, draggled, dusty, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty [chiefly British], grubby, grungy, mucky, muddy, nasty, smudged, smutty, soiled, sordid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly Words Related to dirty contaminated, defiled, germy, impure, polluted, tainted; insanitary, uncleaned, unsanitary, unsterile, unsterilized, unwashed; greasy, gunky; chaotic, cluttered, confused, disarranged, disarrayed, disheveled (or dishevelled), disordered, jumbled, littered, messed, messy, muddled, mussed, mussy, rumpled, scruffy, sloppy, slovenly, unkempt, untidy; raunchy, scuzzy [slang], shabby, skanky [slang], sleazy, squalid; collied [chiefly British dialect], crocked [dialect], fuliginous, sooty Near Antonyms of dirty clear, limpid, pure; cleaned, cleansed, combed, groomed, neat, ordered, orderly, tidy; bleached, purified, whitened; bright, flawless, perfect, shiny, sparkling, unspotted, untouched; taintless, unblemished, undefiled, unpolluted, untainted, virgin, wholesome Antonyms of dirty clean, cleanly, immaculate, spick-and-span (or spic-and-span), spotless, stainless, ultraclean, unsoiled, unstained, unsullied

  2. 2 depicting or referring to sexual matters in a way that is unacceptable in polite society some radio stations refused to play the song because of the dirty lyrics Synonyms of dirty bawdy, blue, coarse, crude, obscene, filthy, foul, gross, gutter, impure, indecent, lascivious, lewd, locker-room, nasty, pornographic, porny, profane, raunchy, ribald, smutty, stag, trashy, unprintable, vulgar, wanton, X-ratedWords Related to dirty broad, coarse-grained, gamy (or gamey), off, off-color (or off-colored), racy, risqué, salacious, salty, suggestive; barnyard, earthy, scatological; immodest, indecorous, indelicate, low, unbecoming; depraved, kinky, louche, naughty, perverse, perverted, wicked; exceptionable, objectionable, unacceptable, undesirable, unwanted, unwelcome; abhorrent, debasing, disgusting, loathsome, offensive, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting; distasteful, obnoxious, unpleasant; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible; atrocious, infamous; abusive, scurrilous; hard-core, soft, soft-coreNear Antonyms of dirty priggish, prim, prudish, puritanical, staid, straitlaced (or straightlaced), Victorian; correct, decorous, genteel, nice, polite, proper, respectable, seemly; innocuous, inoffensive; acceptable, agreeable, desirable, pleasant, pleasing, welcome; appropriate, becoming, fit, meet, suitable; immaculate, perfect, pure, spotless, virginal; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctionedAntonyms of dirty clean, decent, G-rated, nonobscene, wholesome

  3. 3 marked by wet and windy conditions they were unknowingly sailing into dirty weather Synonyms of dirty bleak, foul, inclement, nasty, raw, rough, squally, stormy, tempestuous, turbulentWords Related to dirty blowy, blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, windblown, windswept; cloudy, overcast, sunless; rainy, snowy; foggy, hazy, misty, murky, soupyNear Antonyms of dirty rainless; balmy, calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, pleasant, sereneAntonyms of dirty bright, clear, clement, cloudless, fair, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded

  4. 4 not being in accordance with the rules or standards of what is fair in sport the school is known for the dirty football it plays Synonyms of dirty foul, illegal, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlikeWords Related to dirty dishonorable, shabby, shameful; ignoble, low, mean, ungentlemanly; immoral, rotten, unchivalrous, unethical, unjust, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulousNear Antonyms of dirty just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, righteous, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachableAntonyms of dirty clean, fair, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly

  5. 5 not following or in accordance with standards of honor and decency accused the other campaign of playing dirty tricks Synonyms of dirty base, contemptible, currish, despicable, detestable, ignoble, dishonorable, execrable, ignominious, low, low-down, low-minded, mean, nasty, paltry, snide, sordid, vile, wretchedWords Related to dirty bad, black, evil, foul, immoral, iniquitous, miscreant, wicked, wrong; cruel, vicious; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, perverted; atrocious, villainous; unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; discreditable, disgraceful, disreputable, shameful, unworthyNear Antonyms of dirty ethical, honest, just, principled, righteous, right-minded, scrupulous; commendable, excellent, exemplary, good, moral, right; decent, proper, reputable, respectable, seemly; blameless, guiltless; incorruptible, irreproachable; uncorrupted, unerringAntonyms of dirty high, high-minded, honorable, lofty, noble, straight, upright, venerable, virtuous

  6. 6 arousing or deserving of one's loathing and disgust laying off longtime employees was a dirty way for the company for reduce labor costs Synonyms of dirty cheap, cruddy, deplorable, despicable, contemptible, grubby, lame, lousy, mean, nasty, paltry, pitiable, pitiful, ratty, scabby, scummy, scurvy, sneaking, sorry, wretchedWords Related to dirty abhorrent, abominable, condemnable, detestable, execrable, hateful, loathsome, odious; disgusting, reptilian, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, revulsive; discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, shameful; base, ignoble, low, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile; blamable, censurable, reprehensible, reproachable; cowardly, craven, dastardly; unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulousNear Antonyms of dirty high-minded, honest, honorable, noble, principled, redoubtable, reputable, right-minded, scrupulous, upright; ethical, good, moral, right, righteous, virtuousAntonyms of dirty admirable, commendable, creditable, laudable, meritorious, praiseworthy

  7. 7 open to improper influence and especially bribery a movie about a dirty cop paid to protect a mafioso Synonyms of dirty bribable, corruptible, venal, purchasableWords Related to dirty temptable; hack, mercenary; crooked, cutthroat, dishonest, Machiavellian, unethical, unmoral, unprincipled, unscrupulous; corrupt, corrupted, debased, debauched, defiled, degenerate, degraded, demoralized, depraved, dissipated, dissolute, perverse, perverted, reprobate, sleazy, vitiated, warped; bad, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, sinful, vicious, wickedNear Antonyms of dirty ethical, honest, principled, scrupulous; good, moral, righteous, upright, virtuousAntonyms of dirty incorruptible

Synonym Discussion of dirty

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

dirty

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dirty

  1. to make dirty she dirtied her new sneakers when she splashed in the puddle Synonyms of dirty befoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blacken, daub, distain [archaic], foul, gaum [dialect], grime, mire, muck, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, sully Words Related to dirty contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; discolor; confuse, disarrange, disarray, dishevel, disorder, draggle, jumble, mess, muddle; colly [chiefly British dialect], crock [dialect] Near Antonyms of dirty decontaminate, purge, purify; disinfect, sanitize; brush, dry-clean, dust, launder, mop, rinse, scour, scrub, sweep, wash, wipe; brighten, deodorize, freshen, renew, spruce (up); straighten (up), tidy (up) Antonyms of dirty clean, cleanse


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