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dingy

[din-jee] /ˈdɪn dʒi/
adjective, dingier, dingiest.
1.
of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
2.
shabby; dismal.
Origin of dingy
1730-1740
First recorded in 1730-40; origin uncertain
Related forms
dingily, adverb
dinginess, noun
Can be confused
dinghy, dingy.
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  • He drew his son into a little, low-browed, dingy room at the end of the hall.

  • All the ugly, dingy little urchins that I know have been invited.

  • He turned the knob and entered, advancing to the middle of the dingy room.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Old Dismukes was with them; burly, bushy, dingy, on a huge roan charger.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • All of the dingy street was ugly, but the greater part of it appeared to be honest.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for dingy

dingy

/ˈdɪndʒɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
lacking light or brightness; drab
2.
dirty; discoloured
Derived Forms
dingily, adverb
dinginess, 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 dingy
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dingy

dingy

adjective

Goofy; loony: a dingy move

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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