- 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.
- 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 of dirtyMiddle English dritti
a dirty shame
- a. Covered or marked with dirt or an unwanted substance; 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. Lewd or lecherous: a dirty mind.
- a. Unethical or corrupt; sordid: dirty politics.b. Malicious or scandalous: a dirty lie.c. Not sportsmanlike: dirty players; a dirty fighter.d. Acquired by illicit or improper means: dirty money.e. 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.
- a. Relating to or being a bomb that uses a conventional explosive and radioactive material to contaminate an area with low-level radiation.b. Relating to or being a nuclear weapon that produces a very great amount of long-lived radioactive fallout.
- Stormy; rough: dirty weather.
verbdirt·ied, dirt·y·ing, dirt·ies
- To make soiled.
- To stain or tarnish with dishonor.
(comparative dirtier, superlative dirtiest)
- Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
- Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.
- That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
- Don't put that in your mouth, dear, it's dirty.
- Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
- At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.
- Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
- He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.
- Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
- I won't accept your dirty money!
- Out of tune.
- You need to tune that guitar, the g string sounds dirty.
- Of color, discolored by impurities.
- The old flag was a dirty white.
- (computing) Containing data which need to be written back to a larger memory.
- Occasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.
- (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
- None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.
- (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
- He lives in a dirty great mansion.
- Sleety; gusty; stormy.
- dirty weather
(comparative more dirty, superlative most dirty)
- In a dirty manner.
- to play dirty
(third-person singular simple present dirties, present participle dirtying, simple past and past participle dirtied)
From dirt + -y.