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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



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


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.


Antonymsuncontaminating, clean

5. dirty contaminated with infecting organisms

SamplesDirty wounds.
Obliged to go into infected rooms.


Similarinfected, septic


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

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

Synonymsdingy, muddied, muddy



7. dirty (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

SamplesFoul (or dirty) copy.

Synonymsfoul, marked-up



8. dirty obtained illegally or by improper means

SamplesDirty money.
Ill-gotten gains.




9. dirty expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

SamplesDirty looks.



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.




12. dirty unpleasantly stormy

SamplesThere's dirty weather in the offing.



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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