Dingy meaning

dĭnjē
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.

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Dirty-colored; not bright or clean; grimy.
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Darkened with smoke or grime.
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Shabby, drab, or squalid.
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Mentally deranged; crazy.
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Dismal; shabby.
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Alternative form of dinghy.

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Origin of dingy

  • Possibly from Middle English dinge dung variant of dung dung

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ding –y

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary