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.