What is the meaning of dirty?



  • Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime.
    • usage: "dirty 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"
  • Of behavior or especially language. ( characterized by obscenity or indecency)
    • usage: "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"
  • Vile; despicable.
    • usage: "a dirty (or lousy) trick"; "a filthy traitor"
  • Spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination.
    • usage: "the air near the foundry was always dirty"; "a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout"
  • Contaminated with infecting organisms."dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms- Jane Austen
  • Of color. ( discolored by impurities; not bright and clear)
    • usage: "dirty" is often used in combination; "a dirty (or dingy) white"; "the muddied grey of the sea"; "muddy colors"; "dirty-green walls"; "dirty-blonde hair"
  • Of a manuscript. ( defaced with changes)
    • usage: "foul (or dirty) copy"
  • Obtained illegally or by improper means.
    • usage: "dirty money"; "ill-gotten gains"
  • Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike.
    • usage: "dirty looks"
  • Violating accepted standards or rules.
    • usage: "a dirty fighter"; "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
  • Unethical or dishonest.
    • usage: "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"
  • Unpleasantly stormy.
    • usage: "there's dirty weather in the offing"
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APAWordNet. (2010). dirty. Retrieved April 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/dirty/definitions/1172491
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "dirty" http://smartdefine.org/dirty/definitions/1172491 (accessed April 25, 2018).
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MLAWordNet. "dirty" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 April 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/dirty/definitions/1172491>
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