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adjective, din·gi·er, din·gi·est.
  1. of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
  2. shabby; dismal.

Origin of dingy

First recorded in 1730–40; origin uncertain
Related formsdin·gi·ly, adverbdin·gi·ness, noun
Can be confuseddinghy dingy
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British Dictionary definitions for dinginess'


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. lacking light or brightness; drab
  2. dirty; discoloured
Derived Formsdingily, adverbdinginess, noun

Word Origin

C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung
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Word Origin and History for dinginess'



1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.

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