- The definition of dirty is something soiled, unclean or impure.
- A job that causes your hands to become covered in filth is an example of a dirty job.
- A dish that has bits of old food on it is an example of a dirty dish.
- Impure or sinful thoughts are an example of dirty thoughts.
- To dirty is to cause something to become unclean or impure.
When you get mud on the floor, this is an example of a situation where you dirty the floor.
A pair of dirty shoes.
dirty definition by Webster's New World
adjective dirtier, dirtiest
- soiled or soiling with dirt; unclean
- causing one to be soiled with dirt: a dirty occupation
- lacking luster or brilliance; dull, grayish, etc.: a dirty green
- obscene; pornographic: dirty jokes
- given to lechery or lustful thoughts; prurient: a dirty mind, dirty old man
- disagreeable or contemptible; mean; nasty: a dirty coward
- unfair; dishonest; unsportsmanlike: a dirty player
- unkind; malicious or malevolent: dirty remarks
- ☆ producing much fallout: said of nuclear weapons
- revealing anger or irritation: a dirty look
- squally; rough: dirty weather
- ☆ Slang rasping, reedy, rough, etc. in tone: a dirty trumpet
Origin: Middle English dritti
dirty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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adjective dirt·i·er, dirt·i·est
- a. Soiled, as with dirt; unclean.b. Spreading dirt; polluting: The air near the foundry was always dirty.c. Apt to soil with dirt or grime: a dirty job at the garage.d. Contaminated with bacteria or other infectious microorganisms.
- Squalid or filthy; run-down: dirty slums.
- a. Obscene or indecent: dirty movies; a dirty joke.b. Malicious or scandalous: a dirty lie.
- a. Unethical or corrupt; sordid: dirty politics.b. Not sportsmanlike: dirty players; a dirty fighter.c. Acquired by illicit or improper means: dirty money.d. Slang Possessing or using illegal drugs.
- a. Unpleasant or distasteful; thankless: Laying off workers is the dirty part of this job.b. Extremely unfortunate or regrettable: a dirty shame.
- Expressing disapproval or hostility: gave us a dirty look.
- Not bright and clear in color; somewhat dull or drab. Often used in combination: dirty-blonde hair; dirty-green walls.
- Producing a very great amount of long-lived radioactive fallout. Used of nuclear weapons.
- Stormy; rough: dirty weather.
- To make soiled.
- To stain or tarnish with dishonor.
To become soiled.
- dirtˈi·ly adverb
- dirtˈi·ness noun
dirty - Phrases/Idioms
a dirty shame
a very unfortunate circumstance