- of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
- shabby; dismal.
Origin of dingy
Examples from the Web for dingy
He has a majestic view of the dingy back entrance of a Hilton hotel.Dean Baquet, the NYT’s Executive Editor, on Jill Abramson, Race, Surviving Cancer—and TMZ Envy
September 16, 2014
On a cold, foggy night On Feb 26, 1998 I walked out a dingy hotel in handcuffs.I Detoxed from Heroin in Jail
June 28, 2014
Then I turned to the right and stopped before a dingy shop which bore the sign: HAWBERK, ARMOURER.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
That night, I dreamed of a square, three-story, concrete building that was dark and dingy with filth, dust, and cobwebs.A Brigham Young University Professor’s Escape from Mormonism
Lynn K. Wilder
October 20, 2013
When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics
April 8, 2013
He drew his son into a little, low-browed, dingy room at the end of the hall.Quaint Courtships
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
- lacking light or brightness; drab
- dirty; discoloured
Word Origin and History for dingy
1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.