- of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
- shabby; dismal.
Origin of dingy
First recorded in 1730–40; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Four Million
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
- lacking light or brightness; drab
- dirty; discoloured
C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper