adjective, dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est.
verb (used with or without object), dirt·ied, dirt·y·ing.
Origin of dirty
Synonyms for dirty
Related Words for dirtierdusty, murky, muddy, disheveled, crummy, unkempt, grimy, messy, nasty, sloppy, filthy, greasy, polluted, contaminated, coarse, sleazy, sully, smear, blacken, smudge
Examples from the Web for dirtier
Contemporary Examples of dirtier
I head back across town where the air is hotter, the streets are dirtier, and the hair is several shades darker.How to Guest Star in Your Own Life
May 10, 2014
Also, it is unacceptable for the military to pay more for cleaner fuels, but necessary for it to pay more for dirtier fuel.Republicans Against the Pentagon
May 24, 2012
Historical Examples of dirtier
The oddest part of these experiences is that the dirtier the inn the better the fare.The Roof of France
"I do not think I have ever seen a dirtier ruffian," said he.St. Martin's Summer
He always moves on to some place where it's hotter and dirtier.
She was sure dressed for dirtier work than she would ever have to do in that lab.Card Trick
Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
As a whole, I don't think it is any dirtier than most of the cities of Europe.Down the Rhine
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