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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.
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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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Related Words for dinginess

insipidness, dreariness, blandness, flatness, stodginess, vapidity, dryness, insipidity, dinginess, gloominess, boringness

Examples from the Web for dinginess

Historical Examples of dinginess

  • Every sail that loomed in the dinginess filled me with alarm.

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

  • They are not reddish: they are brown, to which grease and dinginess add not a little.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • But his choice was to sit in rags and dinginess on a bench in a park.

  • God's Spirit met us in spite of cold and dinginess and needs.

  • But this dungeon had ample compensations for its darkness and dinginess.

    Capturing a Locomotive

    William Pittenger

British Dictionary definitions for dinginess


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

Word Origin for dingy

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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