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 dirtinessfilth, defilement, dirt, squalor, impurity, contamination, uncleanness, foulness, filthiness, grubbiness, pollution, uncleanliness, coarseness, indecency, profanity, vulgarity, lewdness, bawdiness, vulgarness
Examples from the Web for dirtiness
Historical Examples of dirtiness
In front of her were the sheets, the table cloths, a veritable mass of dirtiness.L'Assommoir
With drunkenness exist also dirtiness, idleness, dishonesty, and untruthfulness.Up To Date Business
"If I were you I'd hold my tongue and not draw attention to my dirtiness," said Dawn.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
They're all a flash in the pan, and moonshine and dirtiness.An Old Man's Love
His dirtiness is due to the people who pen him up so that he can hardly stir.In Pastures Green
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