adjective (dingier; -est) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1691 1. dirty, unclean 2. shabby, squaliddingily adverbdinginess noun

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  • Dingy — ist der Name zweier Gemeinden im französischen Département Haute Savoie, siehe: Dingy en Vuache Dingy Saint Clair Für den Bootstyp siehe Dingi Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dingy — Din gy (d[i^]n j[y^]), a. [Compar. {Dingier}; superl. {Dingiest}.] [Prob. fr. dung. Cf. {Dungy}.] Soiled; sullied; of a dark or dusky color; dark brown; dirty. Scraps of dingy paper. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dingy — 1736, Kentish dialect, dirty, of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to DUNG (Cf. dung). The noun dinge (1816) is a back formation …   Etymology dictionary

  • dingy — *shabby, dilapidated, faded, seedy, threadbare Analogous words: soiled, grimed, sullied, smirched, tarnished (see SOIL): *dull (sense 2): dusky, murky, gloomy (see DARK) Contrasted words: *bright, luminous, brilliant: fresh, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dingy — [adj] soiled, tacky bedimmed, brokendown, colorless, dark, darkish, dilapidated, dim, dirty, discolored, drab, dreary, dull, dusky, faded, gloomy, grimy, muddy, murky, obscure, run down, seedy, shabby, smirched, somber, sullied, tarnished,… …   New thesaurus

  • dingy — ► ADJECTIVE (dingier, dingiest) ▪ gloomy and drab. DERIVATIVES dingily adverb dinginess noun. ORIGIN perhaps from an Old English word meaning dung …   English terms dictionary

  • dingy — [din′jē] adj. dingier, dingiest [orig. dial. var. of DUNGY] 1. dirty colored; not bright or clean; grimy 2. dismal; shabby dingily adv. dinginess n …   English World dictionary

  • dingy — [[t]dɪ̱nʤi[/t]] dingier, dingiest 1) ADJ GRADED A dingy building or place is rather dark and depressing, and perhaps dirty. Shaw took me to his rather dingy office. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Dingy clothes, curtains, or furnishings look dirty or… …   English dictionary

  • dingy — UK [ˈdɪndʒɪ] / US adjective Word forms dingy : adjective dingy comparative dingier superlative dingiest a dingy place or object is rather dark in an unpleasant way and often looks dirty …   English dictionary

  • dingy — f dirji] 1. mod. loony; giddy. □ That friend of yours sure does act dingy sometimes. □ Tell the dingy drip to forget it. □ I’m not dingy, I’m just in love. 2. Go to dingus …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dingy — din|gy [ˈdındʒi] adj comparative dingier superlative dingiest [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from dungy dirty (15 19 centuries), from dung] dark, dirty, and in bad condition ▪ a dingy room ▪ a dingy side street >dinginess n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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