(adjective, verb, adverb)


1. soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

- dirty unswept sidewalks

- a child in dirty overalls

- dirty slums

Similar word(s): augean, bedraggled, draggled, befouled, fouled, begrimed, dingy, grimy, grubby, grungy, raunchy, black, smutty, buggy, cobwebby, feculent, filthy, foul, nasty, flyblown, sordid, squalid, greasy, oily, lousy, maculate, mucky, muddy, ratty, scummy, smudgy, snotty, sooty, uncleanly, unswept, unwashed, untidy, soiled, unclean

2. (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

- dirty words

- a dirty old man

- dirty books and movies

Similar word(s): bawdy, ribald, blasphemous, blue, profane, cruddy, filthy, foul, nasty, smutty, lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious, scabrous, scatological, indecent

3. vile; despicable

- a dirty (or lousy) trick

Similar word(s): awful, nasty, filthy, lousy

4. spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

- the air near the foundry was always dirty

- a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout

Similar word(s): contaminating

5. contaminated with infecting organisms

- dirty wounds

Similar word(s): infected, septic, pestiferous

6. (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear

- a dirty (or dingy) white

- dirty-green walls

- dirty-blonde hair

Similar word(s): impure, dingy, muddied, muddy

7. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

- foul (or dirty) copy

Similar word(s): illegible, foul

8. obtained illegally or by improper means

- dirty money

Similar word(s): illegal

9. expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

- dirty looks

Similar word(s): hostile

10. violating accepted standards or rules

- a dirty fighter

Similar word(s): unfair, unjust, cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike

11. unethical or dishonest

- dirty police officers

Similar word(s): corrupt, shoddy, sordid

12. unpleasantly stormy

- there's dirty weather in the offing

Similar word(s): stormy

Sentences with dirty as an adjective:

- Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.

- Don't put that in your mouth, dear, it's dirty.

- At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.

- He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.

- I won't accept your dirty money!

- You need to tune that guitar, the G string sounds dirty.

- The old flag was a dirty white.

- Occasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.

- None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.

- He lives in a dirty great mansion.

- dirty weather


1. In a dirty manner.

- to play dirty


1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty

Similar word(s): begrime, bemire, colly, grime, soil

Definition categories: contact, alter, change, modify