adjective, dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est.
verb (used with or without object), dirt·ied, dirt·y·ing.
Origin of dirty
Synonyms for dirty
Examples from the Web for dirtily
Historical Examples of dirtily
They are very clean in dressing their meat, but eat it dirtily.Early Travels in Palestine
Arculf et al.
The good man excited my pity, so worn, thin, and dirtily clad was he.A Chambermaid's Diary
He looks like his land, as heavily and dirtily, as stubbornly.
That if he acts meanly and dirtily he will feel dirty and mean, and if he acts bravely and cleanly he will feel clean and brave.Wings and the Child
E. [Edith] Nesbit
I expostulated, and desired that he should have his in a mug; affirming that I could not taste the liquid treated so dirtily.Wuthering Heights
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