Definition of "dirty" []

  • Soiled, as with dirt; unclean. (adjective)
  • Spreading dirt; polluting: The air near the foundry was always dirty. (adjective)
  • Apt to soil with dirt or grime: a dirty job at the garage. (adjective)
  • Contaminated with bacteria or other infectious microorganisms. (adjective)
  • Squalid or filthy; run-down: dirty slums. (adjective)
  • Covered or marked with dirt; filthy (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Obscene; salacious (adjective)
  • Sexually clandestine (adjective)
  • Causing one to become grimy (adjective)
  • (of a colour) not clear and bright; impure (adjective)
  • Unfair; dishonest; unscrupulous; unsporting (adjective)
  • Mean; nasty (adjective)
  • Scandalous; unkind (adjective)
  • Revealing dislike or anger (adjective)
  • (of weather) rainy or squally; stormy (adjective)
  • (of an aircraft) having projections into the airstream, such as lowered flaps (adjective)
  • (of an explosive device) modified to cause radioactive contamination (adjective)
  • To make or become dirty; stain; soil (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dirty" in a sentence
  • "Once the race began, he was a ruthless competitor some preferred the term "dirty" who never seemed to go at less than his upper limit."
  • "He had had an experience of moderately dirty weather -- the term dirty as applied to the weather implying only moderate discomfort to the seaman."
  • "The reviewer is so enthralled with what he calls the "dirty linen" aspect of the story that he misses the actual and far more interesting narrative thread."