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 dirtydusty, murky, muddy, disheveled, crummy, unkempt, grimy, messy, nasty, sloppy, filthy, greasy, polluted, contaminated, coarse, sleazy, sully, smear, blacken, smudge
Examples from the Web for dirty
Contemporary Examples of dirty
She is the author of Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press).ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
I was so relieved, until I thought about my dirty pantyhose hanging on the shower at home.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
If only Sulzberger had managed to keep a zipped upper lip while leaving the dirty work to anonymous underlings.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
Not one Argentine Jesuit lost his life during the dirty war, and he managed to save dozens of people.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
As Americans, we still have a right to air both our dirty laundry and our R-Rated films.Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of dirty
If there's not some dirty business in this, I'll eat me hat.
Didn't Shandy always have a gob of it in his cheek—the dirty pig?
It was washing all the color out of the picture, and leaving it a dirty gray.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Here in this dirty shanty you will enter into love's fulfillment.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Pull it out, please, me hand's that dirty'—and out come the writ!The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
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