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Webster 1913 Edition


Dirty

Dirt′y

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Dirtier
;
sup
erl.
Dirtiest
.]
1.
Defiled with dirt; foul; nasty; filthy; not clean or pure; serving to defile;
as,
dirty
hands;
dirty
water; a
dirty
white.
Spenser.
2.
Sullied; clouded; – applied to color.
Locke.
3.
Sordid; base; groveling;
as, a
dirty
fellow
.
The creature’s at his
dirty
work again.
Pope.
4.
Sleety; gusty; stormy;
as,
dirty
weather
.
Syn. – Nasty; filthy; foul. See
Nasty
.

Dirt′y

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dirtied
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dirtying
.]
1.
To foul; to make filthy; to soil;
as, to
dirty
the clothes or hands
.
2.
To tarnish; to sully; to scandalize; – said of reputation, character, etc.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dirty

DIRTY

,
Adj.
Durty.
1.
Foul; nasty; filthy; not clean; as dirty hands.
2.
Not clean; not pure; turbid; as dirty water.
3.
Cloudy; dark; dusky; as a dirty white.
4.
Mean; base; low; despicable; groveling; as a dirty fellow; a dirty employment.

DIRTY

,
Verb.
T.
durty.
1.
To foul; to make filthy; to soil; as, to dirty the clothes or hands.
2.
To tarnish; to sully; to scandalize; applied to reputation.

Definition 2022


dirty

dirty

English

Adjective

dirty (comparative dirtier, superlative dirtiest)

  1. Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
    • 1905, George Bernard Shaw, The author's apology from Mrs. Warren's Profession, page 61:
      Many persons are more comfortable when they are dirty than when they are clean; but that does not recommend dirt as a national policy.
    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.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, The tao of tech”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27:
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. [] Partly, this is a result of how online advertising has traditionally worked: advertisers pay for clicks, and a click is a click, however it's obtained.
    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. Out of tune.
    You need to tune that guitar, the G string sounds dirty.
  7. Of color, discolored by impurities.
    The old flag was a dirty white.
  8. (computing) 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.
  9. (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
    None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.
  10. (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
    He lives in a dirty great mansion.
  11. Sleety; gusty; stormy.
    • M. Arnold
      Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
    • Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
      Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.
    dirty weather

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (covered with or containing dirt): clean
  • (violating accepted standards or rules): sportsmanlike
  • (of color: discolored by impurities): bright, pure

Derived terms

Translations

Adverb

dirty (comparative more dirty, superlative most dirty)

  1. In a dirty manner.
    to play dirty

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

dirty (third-person singular simple present dirties, present participle dirtying, simple past and past participle dirtied)

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

Synonyms

  • (to make dirty): soil, taint; see also Wikisaurus:dirty
  • (to stain or tarnish with dishonor): sully

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