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Adjective: dirty (dirtier,dirtiest)  dur-tee
  1. Not clean, or likely to soil with dirt or grime
    "dirty unswept pavements"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves";
    - soiled, unclean
     
  2. (of behaviour or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
    "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"
     
  3. Vile; despicable
    "a dirty trick";
    - filthy, lousy, cruddy
     
  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";
    - contaminating
     
  5. Contaminated with infecting organisms
    "dirty wounds";
    - pestiferous
     
  6. (of colour) discoloured by impurities; not bright and clear
    "dirty"; "a dirty white"; "dirty-green walls"; "dirty-blonde hair";
    - dingy, muddied, muddy
     
  7. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes
    "dirty copy";
    - foul, marked-up
     
  8. Obtained illegally or by improper means
    "dirty money";
    - ill-gotten, misbegotten
     
  9. Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
    "dirty looks"
     
  10. Violating accepted standards or rules
    "a dirty fighter";
    - cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
     
  11. Unethical or dishonest
    "dirty police officers";
    - sordid
     
  12. Unpleasantly stormy
    "there's dirty weather in the offing"
Verb: dirty  dur-tee
  1. Make soiled, filthy, or dirty
    "don't dirty your clothes when you play outside!";
    - soil, begrime, grime, colly [archaic], bemire [archaic]
Adverb: dirty  dur-tee
  1. In an unfair manner
    - unfairly, below the belt
     
  2. [Brit] Used as an intensifier
    "watching the cricket with a dirty big grin";
    - very, really, real [N. Amer], rattling, thoroughly, extremely, exceedingly, enormously, tremendously, hugely, staggeringly

Derived forms: dirtier, dirties, dirtied, dirtiest, dirtying

See also: Augean, awful, bawdy, bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, black, blasphemous, blue, buggy, cleanness, cobwebbed, cobwebby, corrupt, cruddy, dingy, dirty-faced, dirty-minded, draggled, feculent, filthy, flyblown, foul, fouled, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, greasy, grimy, grubby, grungy, hostile, illegal, illegible, impure, indecent, infected, lewd, lousy, maculate, mucky, muddy, nasty, obscene, off-color [US], off-colour [Brit, Cdn], oily, procellous [archaic], profane, ratty, raunchy, ribald, salacious, scabrous, scatological, scroungy [US], scummy, septic, smudgy, smutty, snot-nosed, snotty, sooty, sordid, squalid, stormy, travel-soiled, travel-stained, uncleanly [archaic], unfair, unjust, unswept, untidy, unwashed

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: clean

Encyclopedia: Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult