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.

Nearby words

  1. dirt poor,
  2. dirt road,
  3. dirt-cheap,
  4. dirt-eating,
  5. dirt-poor,
  6. dirty bomb,
  7. dirty joke,
  8. dirty linen,
  9. dirty look, give a,
  10. dirty old man

Idioms

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

Origin of dirty

First recorded in 1520–30; dirt + -y1

SYNONYMS FOR dirty
1. grimy, defiled. 3. base, vulgar, low, shabby, groveling. 4. nasty, lascivious, lecherous. 10. rainy, foul, sloppy, disagreeable, nasty. 12. dull, dark, sullied, clouded. 15. soil, befoul, sully.

Related formsdirt·i·ly, adverbdirt·i·ness, noun

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for dirtiness

dirty

/ (ˈdɜːtɪ) /

adjective dirtier or dirtiest

verb dirties, dirtying or dirtied

to make or become dirty; stain; soil
Derived Formsdirtily, adverbdirtiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for dirtiness
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Idioms and Phrases with dirtiness

dirty

In addition to the idioms beginning with dirty

  • dirty joke
  • dirty look, give a
  • dirty one's hands
  • dirty tricks
  • dirty work

also see:

  • down and dirty
  • wash one's dirty linen in public
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