[ din-jee ]
/ ˈdɪn dʒi /

adjective, din·gi·er, din·gi·est.

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

Related forms

din·gi·ly, adverbdin·gi·ness, noun

Can be confused

dinghy dingy
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/ (ˈdɪndʒɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

lacking light or brightness; drab
dirty; discoloured

Derived Forms

dingily, adverbdinginess, noun

Word Origin for dingy

C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung
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