- 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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- lacking light or brightness; drab
- dirty; discoloured
Word Origin for dingy
C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung
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1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.
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