dingy

If something is dingy, it's dirty. If you spend your days as a chimney sweeper, you probably look pretty dingy.

The adjective dingy is often, but not always, used to describe one's clothing or living space. The adjective dingy comes from uncertain origins, but experts suspect it may be a backformation from the word dung, which is animal excrement. So you can imagine how dirty, dismal, grungy, and grimy something described as dingy is.

Primary Meanings of dingy

1.
adj
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
2.
adj
gloomy or causing dejection
Full Definitions of dingy
1

adj thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot

dingy linen”
Synonyms:
begrimed, grimy, grubby, grungy, raunchy
dirty, soiled, unclean
soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

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

“a dirty (or dingy) white”
Synonyms:
dirty, muddied, muddy
impure
combined with extraneous elements
2

adj gloomy or causing dejection

Synonyms:
blue, dark, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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