1. [ adjective ] soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
Synonyms: soiled unclean

"dirty unswept sidewalks" "a child in dirty overalls" "dirty slums" "piles of dirty dishes" "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet" "wore an unclean shirt" "Cinderella did the dirty work"

Related terms: clean dusty begrimed lousy bedraggled filthy smeared befouled bespattered mucky travel-soiled snotty unwashed flyblown fecal black maculate unswept buggy dirty-faced faecal greasy scummy untidy unclean cleanness
2. [ adjective ] (of behavior 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"

Related terms: clean bawdy blasphemous bawdy lewd scatological filthy dirty-minded foul-mouthed scabrous indecent
3. [ adjective ] vile; despicable
Synonyms: lousy filthy

"a dirty (or lousy) trick" "a filthy traitor"

Related terms: nasty
4. [ adjective ] expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

"dirty looks"

Related terms: hostile
5. [ adjective ] spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
Synonyms: contaminating

"the air near the foundry was always dirty" "the air near the foundry was always dirty" "a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout"

Related terms: clean
6. [ adjective ] unpleasantly stormy

"there's dirty weather in the offing"

Related terms: stormy
7. [ adjective ] (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
Synonyms: muddied muddy dingy

"dirty" is often used in combination "a dirty (or dingy) white" "the muddied gray of the sea" "muddy colors" "dirty-green walls" "dirty-blonde hair"

Related terms: impure
8. [ adjective ] obtained illegally or by improper means
Synonyms: ill-gotten

"dirty money" "ill-gotten gains"

Related terms: illegal
9. [ adjective ] (of a manuscript) defaced with changes
Synonyms: marked-up foul

"foul (or dirty) copy"

Related terms: illegible
10. [ adjective ] violating accepted standards or rules
Synonyms: foul unsportsmanlike unsporting cheating

"a dirty fighter" "used foul means to gain power" "a nasty unsporting serve" "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"

Related terms: unfair
11. [ adjective ] unethical or dishonest
Synonyms: sordid

"dirty police officers" "a sordid political campaign"

Related terms: corrupt
12. [ adjective ] contaminated with infecting organisms
Synonyms: infected pestiferous contaminated

"dirty wounds" "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen

Related terms: septic
13. [ adjective ] obtained illegally or by improper means
Synonyms: ill-gotten

"dirty money" "ill-gotten gains"

Related terms: illegal
14. [ verb ] make soiled, filthy, or dirty
Synonyms: soil colly grime bemire begrime

"don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

Related terms: clean change pollute slime mire blemish smear crock foul splash muddy dirt soiling
Similar spelling:   dirt