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English adjective: dirty

1. dirty soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime


SamplesDirty unswept sidewalks.
A child in dirty overalls.
Dirty slums.
Piles of dirty dishes.
Put his dirty feet on the clean sheet.
Wore an unclean shirt.
Mining is a dirty job.
Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves.


Synonymssoiled, unclean


SimilarAugean, bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, black, buggy, cobwebby, dingy, dirty-faced, draggled, feculent, filthy, flyblown, foul, fouled, greasy, grimy, grubby, grungy, lousy, maculate, mucky, muddy, nasty, oily, ratty, raunchy, scummy, smudgy, smutty, snot-nosed, snotty, sooty, sordid, squalid, travel-soiled, travel-stained, uncleanly, unswept, unwashed


See alsountidy


Attributecleanness


Antonymsclean

2. dirty (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency


SamplesDirty words.
A dirty old man.
Dirty books and movies.
Boys telling dirty jokes.
Has a dirty mouth.


Similarbawdy, blasphemous, blue, cruddy, dirty-minded, filthy, foul, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, lewd, nasty, obscene, off-color, profane, raunchy, ribald, salacious, scabrous, scatological, smutty


See alsoindecent


Antonymsunobjectionable, clean

3. dirty vile; despicable


SamplesA dirty (or lousy) trick.
A filthy traitor.


Synonymsfilthy, lousy


Similarawful, nasty


Antonymsnice

4. dirty spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination


SamplesThe air near the foundry was always dirty.
A dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout.


Synonymscontaminating


Antonymsuncontaminating, clean

5. dirty contaminated with infecting organisms


SamplesDirty wounds.
Obliged to go into infected rooms.


Synonymspestiferous


Similarinfected, septic


Antonymsantiseptic

6. dirty (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear


SamplesDirty.
A dirty (or dingy) white.
The muddied grey of the sea.
Muddy colors.
Dirty-green walls.
Dirty-blonde hair.


Synonymsdingy, muddied, muddy


Similarimpure


Antonymspure

7. dirty (of a manuscript) defaced with changes


SamplesFoul (or dirty) copy.


Synonymsfoul, marked-up


Similarillegible


Antonymslegible

8. dirty obtained illegally or by improper means


SamplesDirty money.
Ill-gotten gains.


Synonymsill-gotten


Similarillegal


Antonymslegal

9. dirty expressing or revealing hostility or dislike


SamplesDirty looks.


Similarhostile


Antonymsamicable

10. dirty violating accepted standards or rules


SamplesA dirty fighter.
Used foul means to gain power.
A nasty unsporting serve.
Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior.


Synonymscheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike


Similarunfair, unjust


Antonymsfair, just

11. dirty unethical or dishonest


SamplesDirty police officers.
A sordid political campaign.


Synonymssordid


Similarcorrupt


Antonymsincorrupt

12. dirty unpleasantly stormy


SamplesThere's dirty weather in the offing.


Similarstormy


Antonymscalm


English verb: dirty

1. dirty (contact) make soiled, filthy, or dirty


SamplesDon't soil your clothes when you play outside!.


Synonymsbegrime, bemire, colly, grime, soil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)blemish, contaminate, crock, foul, foul, mire, muck, muck up, mud, muddy, muddy up, pollute, slime, smear, splash, spot


Antonymsclean, make clean









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