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Meaning & Definition of Dirty in English

English

Dirty

/dərti/

verb

1. Make soiled, filthy, or dirty

  • "Don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • soil
  • ,
  • begrime
  • ,
  • grime
  • ,
  • colly
  • ,
  • bemire

adjective

1. Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

  • "Dirty unswept sidewalks"
  • "A child in dirty overalls"
  • "Dirty slums"
  • "Piles of dirty dishes"
  • "Put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"
  • "Wore an unclean shirt"
  • "Mining is a dirty job"
  • "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • soiled
  • ,
  • unclean

2. (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

  • "Dirty words"
  • "A dirty old man"
  • "Dirty books and movies"
  • "Boys telling dirty jokes"
  • "Has a dirty mouth"
    synonym:
  • dirty

3. Vile

  • Despicable
  • "A dirty (or lousy) trick"
  • "A filthy traitor"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • filthy
  • ,
  • lousy

4. Spreading pollution or contamination

  • Especially radioactive contamination
  • "The air near the foundry was always dirty"
  • "A dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • contaminating

5. Contaminated with infecting organisms

  • "Dirty wounds"
  • "Obliged to go into infected rooms"- jane austen
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • pestiferous

6. (of color) discolored by impurities

  • Not bright and clear
  • "Dirty" is often used in combination
  • "A dirty (or dingy) white"
  • "The muddied grey of the sea"
  • "Muddy colors"
  • "Dirty-green walls"
  • "Dirty-blonde hair"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • dingy
  • ,
  • muddied
  • ,
  • muddy

7. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

  • "Foul (or dirty) copy"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • marked-up

8. Obtained illegally or by improper means

  • "Dirty money"
  • "Ill-gotten gains"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • ill-gotten

9. Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

  • "Dirty looks"
    synonym:
  • dirty

10. Violating accepted standards or rules

  • "A dirty fighter"
  • "Used foul means to gain power"
  • "A nasty unsporting serve"
  • "Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
    synonym:
  • cheating(a)
  • ,
  • dirty
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • unsporting
  • ,
  • unsportsmanlike

11. Unethical or dishonest

  • "Dirty police officers"
  • "A sordid political campaign"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • sordid

12. Unpleasantly stormy

  • "There's dirty weather in the offing"
    synonym:
  • dirty

Examples of using

This place is very dirty.
I felt dirty after helping him.
Don't air your dirty laundry in public.