dirty
I. adjective (dirtier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. not clean or pure <
dirty clothes
>
b. likely to befoul or defile with dirt <
dirty jobs
>
c. contaminated with infecting organisms <
dirty wounds
>
d. containing impurities <
dirty coal
>
2. a. morally unclean or corrupt: as (1) indecent, vulgar <
dirty jokes
>
<
a dirty movie
>
(2) dishonorable, base <
a dirty trick
>
(3) unsportsmanlike <
dirty players
>
b. acquired by disreputable or illegal means ; ill-gotten <
dirty money
>
c. disagreeable, distasteful, or objectionable but usually necessary (as in achieving a desired result) <
hired a thug to do their dirty work
>
3. a. abominable, hateful <
war is a dirty business
>
b. highly regrettable <
a dirty shame
>
c. likely to cause disgrace or scandal <
dirty little secrets
>
4. foggy, stormy <
dirty weather
>
5. a. of color not clear and bright ; dullish <
dirty blond
>
b. characterized by a husky, rasping, or raw tonal quality <
dirty trumpet tones
>
6. conveying ill-natured resentment <
gave him a dirty look
>
7. having considerable fallout <
dirty bombs
>
dirtily adverbdirtiness noun Synonyms: dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it <
a dirty littered street
>
. filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears <
a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy
>
. foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking <
a foul-smelling open sewer
>
. nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness <
it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat
>
. In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable <
had a nasty fall
>
<
his answer gave her a nasty shock
>
. squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect <
squalid slums
>
. All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness <
don't ask me to do your dirty work
>
, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior <
filthy street language
>
<
a foul story of lust and greed
>
, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness <
a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor
>
. Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness <
engaged in a series of squalid affairs
>
. II. adverb (dirtier; -est) Date: circa 1931 in a dirty manner: as a. deceptively, underhandedly <
fight dirty
>
b. indecently <
talk dirty
>
III. verb (dirtied; dirtying) Date: 1591 transitive verb 1. to make dirty 2. a. to stain with dishonor ; sully b. to debase by distorting the real nature of intransitive verb to become soiled

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