dirty

Things that aren't clean are dirty. The greasy pans in your sink, your muddy shoes, your smelly dog, your strange uncle's jokes — all of these things are dirty.

When your car is dirty, you should to take it to the car wash, and when your hands are dirty, you need to be sure to wash them with soap and warm water. Some jobs are dirty, like mining, farming, and ditch digging, and the adjective dirty is sometimes used to mean "contaminating" or "poisonous," as with "dirty bombs." If you call your friend a "dirty rat," you mean to let him know you're disgusted with him.

Primary Meanings of dirty

1.
adjv
soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
make soiled, filthy, or dirty
2.
adj
violating accepted standards or rules
3.
adj
unpleasantly stormy
Full Definitions of dirty
1

adj soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

dirty unswept sidewalks”
“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”
Synonyms:
soiled, unclean
Augean
extremely filthy from long neglect
bedraggled, draggled
limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud
befouled, fouled
made dirty or foul
begrimed, dingy, grimy, grubby, grungy, raunchy
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
black, smutty
soiled with dirt or soot
buggy
infested with bugs
cobwebby
covered with cobwebs
dirty-faced
having a dirty face
feculent
foul with waste matter
filthy, foul, nasty
disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
flyblown, sordid, squalid
foul and run-down and repulsive
greasy, oily
smeared or soiled with grease or oil
lousy
infested with lice
maculate
spotted or blotched
mucky, muddy
dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck
ratty
dirty and infested with rats
scummy
covered with scum
smudgy
smeared with something that soils or stains; these words are often used in combination
snot-nosed, snotty
dirty with nasal discharge
sooty
covered with or as if with soot
travel-soiled, travel-stained
soiled from travel
uncleanly
habitually unclean
unswept
not having been swept
unwashed
not cleaned with or as if with soap and water
untidy
not neat and tidy
Antonyms:
clean
free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
cleanable
capable of being cleaned
cleanly
habitually clean
dry-cleaned
cleaned with chemical solvents
fresh, unused
not yet used or soiled
immaculate, speckless, spic, spic-and-span, spick, spick-and-span, spotless
completely neat and clean
pristine
immaculately clean and unused
scrubbed
made clean by scrubbing
unsoiled, unspotted, unstained
without soil or spot or stain
unsullied
spotlessly clean and fresh
washed, water-washed
clean by virtue of having been washed in water
antiseptic
thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
contaminating
Antonyms:
clean, uncontaminating
not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

adj contaminated with infecting organisms

dirty wounds”
Synonyms:
pestiferous
infected, septic
containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms

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

“" dirty" is often used in combination”
dirty-green walls”
dirty-blonde hair”
Synonyms:
dingy, muddied, muddy
impure
combined with extraneous elements

adj (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

“foul (or dirty) copy”
Synonyms:
foul, marked-up
illegible
(of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible

v make soiled, filthy, or dirty

Synonyms:
begrime, bemire, colly, grime, soil
Antonyms:
clean, make clean
make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
clean, clean house, houseclean
clean and tidy up the house
clean
be cleanable
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foul
make unclean
contaminate, foul, pollute
make impure
smear
stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
slime
cover or stain with slime
muddy, muddy up
dirty with mud
splash
soil or stain with a splashed liquid
mire, muck, muck up, mud
soil with mud, muck, or mire
crock
soil with or as with crock
blemish, spot
mar or impair with a flaw
infect, taint
contaminate with a disease or microorganism
moil
moisten or soil
besmirch, smirch
smear so as to make dirty or stained
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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adj violating accepted standards or rules

“a dirty fighter”
Synonyms:
cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
unfair, unjust
not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception

adj unethical or dishonest

dirty police officers”
Synonyms:
sordid
corrupt
lacking in integrity

adj obtained illegally or by improper means

dirty money”
Synonyms:
ill-gotten
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

adj vile; despicable

“a dirty (or lousy) trick”
Synonyms:
filthy, lousy
awful, nasty
offensive or even (of persons) malicious

adj expressing or revealing hostility or dislike

dirty looks”
Synonyms:
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will

adj (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”
Synonyms:
bawdy, off-color, ribald
humorously vulgar
blasphemous, blue, profane
characterized by profanity or cursing
dirty-minded
having lewd thoughts
cruddy, filthy, foul, nasty, smutty
characterized by obscenity
foul-mouthed, foul-spoken
using foul or obscene language
lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious
suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
scabrous
dealing with salacious or indecent material
scatological
dealing pruriently with excrement and excretory functions
indecent
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
Antonyms:
clean, unobjectionable
(of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
antiseptic
devoid of objectionable language
decent
conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
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adj unpleasantly stormy

“there's dirty weather in the offing”
Synonyms:
stormy
(especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion

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