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Dictionary Definition

dirty adj
1 soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "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" [syn: soiled, unclean] [ant: clean]
2 (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth" [ant: clean]
3 vile; despicable; "a dirty (or lousy) trick"; "a filthy traitor" [syn: filthy, lousy]
4 spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "the air near the foundry was always dirty"; "the air near the foundry was always dirty"; "a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout" [syn: contaminating] [ant: clean]
5 contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen [syn: contaminated, infected, pestiferous]
6 (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; "dirty" is often used in combination; "a dirty (or dingy) white"; "the muddied gray of the sea"; "muddy colors"; "dirty-green walls"; "dirty-blonde hair" [syn: dingy, muddied, muddy]
7 (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty) copy" [syn: foul, marked-up]
8 obtained illegally or by improper means; "dirty money"; "ill-gotten gains" [syn: ill-gotten]
9 expressing or revealing hostility or dislike; "dirty looks"
10 violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter"; "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior" [syn: cheating(a), foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike]
11 unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign" [syn: sordid]
12 unpleasantly stormy; "there's dirty weather in the offing" v : make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!" [syn: soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire] [ant: clean] [also: dirtied, dirtiest, dirtier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From dirt + -y.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
    Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.
  2. That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
    Don't put that in your mouth, dear, it's dirty.
  3. Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
    At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.
  4. Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
    He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.
  5. Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
    I won't accept your dirty money!
  6. In the context of "of color": Discolored by impurities.
    The old flag was a dirty white.
  7. 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.
  8. Containing data which need to be overwritten.
  9. Carrying illegal drugs.
    None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.

Translations

covered with or containing dirt
that makes one dirty
obscene or indecent
dishonourbale, violating standards or rules
illegal, improper
of color: discolored by impurities

Adverb

dirty
  1. In a dirty manner.

Translations

in a dirty manner

Verb

  1. To make (something) dirty.
  2. To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  3. To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
  4. To become soiled.

Synonyms

Translations

to make dirty
to stain or tarnish with dishonor
to debase by distorting the real nature of
to become soiled

Extensive Definition

Dirty can refer to:
  • being like dirt (including slang usage meaning filthy)
dirty in Italian: Dirty

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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