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dirty old man

noun, Informal.
a mature or elderly man with lewd or obscene preoccupations.
Origin of dirty old man
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There's a dirty old man described in this book that is a little like me.

    My Lady's Money Wilkie Collins
  • Why, every dirty old man as comes along this way has some such tale to tell.

    The Adventures of Ulysses the Wanderer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He leered at the fire, shaking with drink—a shameless, dirty old man.

    The Hypocrite Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • But Lemuel was a dirty old man and made that colored man a lot of trouble.

  • "dirty old man" was a critical pronouncement that wouldn't please the Stendhalians.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • And she had washed his clothes, and scrubbed out his house; and he was such a dirty old man that it almost made her sick.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
  • It is impossible to tell whether the dirty old man who slouches along the street is a millionaire or a beggar.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
Slang definitions & phrases for dirty old man

dirty old man

noun phrase

  1. A lecherous man, esp an elderly one; old goat (1930s+)
  2. A male homosexual whose partner is much younger than himself: Christopher is 20 years younger than Leo. He asks Leo to be his dirty old man (1960s+ Homosexuals)
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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