adjective, din·gi·er, din·gi·est.
Origin of dingy
Examples from the Web for dingy
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|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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
"In Europe we're almost bound to admire the dingy, if not the ugly," returned Uncle Jim.Irma in Italy|Helen Leah Reed
Next door to the Mission, a dingy annexe to a sort of grocery, labelled the “British Bar,” was not neglected.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
On hearing she would soon appear in the dingy lodging-house, Hogg knew that on her arrival he would be face to face with a foe.The Real Shelley, Vol. I (of 2)|John Cordy Jeaffreson
In truth, the sunshine pictures of Turner were evolved from a life as dingy and uncomely as could well be.Art in England|Dutton Cook
He had observed that the young women drew instinctively away from the dingy figure, and his smile was not restrained.The Road Builders|Samuel Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for dingy
adjective -gier or -giest
Word Origin for dingy
Word Origin and History for dingy
1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.