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dirty

[ dur-tee ]
/ ˈdɜr ti /
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adjective, dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est.
verb (used with or without object), dirt·ied, dirt·y·ing.
to make or become dirty.
adverb
Informal. in a mean, unscrupulous, or underhand way: to play dirty.
Informal. in a lewd manner: to talk dirty.
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Idioms about dirty

    do (someone) dirty, Slang. to treat unfairly or reprehensibly, as by cheating or slandering.

Origin of dirty

First recorded in 1520–30; dirt + -y1

synonym study for dirty

1. Dirty, filthy, foul, squalid refer to that which is not clean. Dirty is applied to that which is filled or covered with dirt so that it is unclean or defiled: dirty clothes. Filthy is an emphatic word suggesting something that is excessively soiled or dirty: filthy streets. Both dirty and filthy can refer to obscenity: a dirty mind, a filthy novel. Foul implies an uncleanness that is grossly offensive to the senses: a foul odor. Squalid, applied usually to dwellings or surroundings, implies dirtiness that results from the slovenly indifference often associated with poverty: a squalid tenement.

OTHER WORDS FROM dirty

dirt·i·ly, adverbdirt·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dirty

dirty
/ (ˈdɜːtɪ) /

adjective dirtier or dirtiest
verb dirties, dirtying or dirtied
to make or become dirty; stain; soil

Derived forms of dirty

dirtily, adverbdirtiness, noun
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