- The definition of dingy is something kind of dirty, gloomy or dull.
An example of dingy are white clothes that have been washed too many times and kind of take on a dirty grey hue.
- Darkened with smoke or grime.
- Shabby, drab, or squalid.
Origin of dingyPossibly from Middle English dinge, dung, variant of dung; see dung.
Origin of dingyding1 + –y1.
From English dialectal (Kentish) dingy (“dirty”), of unknown origin, though probably from an unrecorded Middle English *dingy, *düngy, from Old English *dyncgiġ (“covered with dung, dirty”), an umlaut form of Old English duncge, dung (“dung”), equivalent to dung + -y.
- Alternative form of dinghy.