adjective, dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est.
verb (used with or without object), dirt·ied, dirt·y·ing.
- dirt poor,
- dirt road,
- dirty bomb,
- dirty joke,
- dirty linen,
- dirty look, give a,
- dirty old man
Origin of dirty
Examples from the Web for dirtier
I head back across town where the air is hotter, the streets are dirtier, and the hair is several shades darker.
Also, it is unacceptable for the military to pay more for cleaner fuels, but necessary for it to pay more for dirtier fuel.
Thicker and dirtier grew the water, until, as we passed the light-vessel, we seemed to be sailing in a sea of mud.The Log of a Sea-Waif|Frank T. Bullen
Even the close observer would have found it hard to decide which was the dirtier, dog or child.The Red Miriok|Anna M. Barnes
The darker the night and the dirtier the weather the better.The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore|John R. Hutchinson
Thus does he translate into wild speech crpe hair and grease paints, dirty dressing-rooms and dirtier lodgings.The Secret Glory|Arthur Machen
I may remark by the way that the dirtier people are in their persons the more delicate is their sense of modesty.Across the Plains|Robert Louis Stevenson
adjective dirtier or dirtiest
- obscene; salaciousdirty books
- sexually clandestinea dirty weekend
- an obscene word
- something that is regarded with disapprovalfederalism is a dirty word
verb dirties, dirtying or dirtied
c.1500, from dirt + -y (2). Earlier dritty (late 14c.). Meaning "smutty, morally unclean" is from 1590s. Of colors, from 1690s. Dirty linen "personal or familial secrets" is first recorded 1860s. Dirty work in the figurative sense is from 1764; dirty trick is from 1670s. The dirty look someone gives you is from 1928; dirty old man "superannuated lecher" is from 1932. Related: dirtiness.
1590s, from dirty (adj.). Related: Dirtied; dirtying.
In addition to the idioms beginning with dirty
- dirty joke
- dirty look, give a
- dirty one's hands
- dirty tricks
- dirty work
- down and dirty
- wash one's dirty linen in public