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 dirtiness
They despise fashions, and imagine that dirtiness is an attribute of genius.
Children in various degrees of nakedness and dirtiness play everywhere.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
The flower's purity was a mirror in which she saw her own dirtiness.Quiet Talks with World Winners|S. D. Gordon
All these different objects fully make up for whatever amount of dirtiness may occasionally be met with.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
With drunkenness exist also dirtiness, idleness, dishonesty, and untruthfulness.Up To Date Business|Various
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