WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
dirt•y /ˈdɝti/USA pronunciation
adj., -i•er, -i•est,v., -ied, -y•ing,adv.
soiled with dirt:had to wash his dirty hands.
spreading dirt; soiling:dirty smoke.
deserving contempt:a dirty scoundrel.
lewd:a dirty joke; dirty pictures.
undesirable or unpleasant;
disagreeable:You left the dirty work for me.
very unfortunate or regrettable:a dirty shame!
not fair or sportsmanlike; dishonest;
dishonorable:a dirty fighter.
hostile or resentful:to give someone a dirty look.
Militarynot bright or clear; somewhat dull:dirty blond hair.
Informal Termsreceived through illegal means:dirty money from organized crime.
to make or become dirty: [~ + object]Try not to dirty your new white shoes.[no object]Those white socks dirty easily.
Informal Terms[Informal.]in a mean or underhand way:The other high school football team played dirty.
[Informal.]in a lewd manner:to talk dirty.
dirt•i•ly /ˈdɝtəli/USA pronunciationadv.
dirt•i•ness, n. [uncountable]
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dirty /ˈdɜːtɪ/ adj (dirtier, dirtiest)
vb (dirties, dirtying, dirtied)
- covered or marked with dirt; filthy
- obscene; salacious: dirty books
- sexually clandestine: a dirty weekend
- causing one to become grimy: a dirty job
- (of a colour) not clear and bright; impure
- unfair; dishonest; unscrupulous; unsporting
- mean; nasty: a dirty cheat
- scandalous; unkind
- revealing dislike or anger
- (of weather) rainy or squally; stormy
- dirty linen ⇒ informal intimate secrets, esp those that might give rise to gossip
- dirty work ⇒ unpleasant or illicit activity
- do the dirty on ⇒ Brit informal to behave meanly or unkindly towards
ˈdirtily adv ˈdirtiness n
- to make or become dirty; stain; soil
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