of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
- din·gi·ly, adverb
- din·gi·ness, noun
- dinghy, dingy
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How to use dingy in a sentence
Otherwise, he’s five-foot-seven, he walks around carrying a New Yorker tote, and his favorite jacket is a dingy yellow puffy he found in a box of free stuff.What the Men Who Love My Boyfriend Taught Me About Social Hierarchy | ckeyes | September 3, 2021 | Outside Online
I walked past an elevator with a hand-drawn picture of three stick figures to show people it led to Ross, and a sign written in marker directing me to the dingy stairs.I Tried to Live Off Women-Owned Businesses. Turns Out, Men Still Run Everything | Alana Semuels | July 21, 2021 | Time
We spoke to some self-professed karaoke lovers about why they feel so passionately about these dingy bars, and what not singing together for over a year has meant for them.
You need a whitening kit, I tell my teeth, which look dingy when I smile at a colleague’s joke.The reason “Zoom fatigue” hits women harder than men | Sarah Todd | April 16, 2021 | Quartz
However, thousands of others, mostly impoverished women and children, trudge to dingy, crowded factories in cities such as New York and Los Angeles — and wherever there is concentrated cheap immigrant labor.
He has a majestic view of the dingy back entrance of a Hilton hotel.Dean Baquet, the NYT’s Executive Editor, on Jill Abramson, Race, Surviving Cancer—and TMZ Envy | Lloyd Grove | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On a cold, foggy night On Feb 26, 1998 I walked out a dingy hotel in handcuffs.
Then I turned to the right and stopped before a dingy shop which bore the sign: HAWBERK, ARMOURER.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That night, I dreamed of a square, three-story, concrete building that was dark and dingy with filth, dust, and cobwebs.A Brigham Young University Professor’s Escape from Mormonism | Lynn K. Wilder | October 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics | Tunku Varadarajan | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were for the most part dingy, but as they were nearly always open it did not make so much difference.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It was there also that she ate, keeping her belongings in a rare old buffet, dingy and battered from a hundred years of use.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It is up a lot of very dingy back-staircases and down a lot of very dingy passages.
He wore moccasins and buckskin leggings, and a dingy-blue flannel shirt, open at the throat.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Those two spots 92 of colour against the dingy wood panels dressed up the desolation wonderfully.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for dingy
lacking light or brightness; drab
- dingily, adverb
- dinginess, noun
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