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.

Definitions of dirty
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
    “the air near the foundry was always dirty
    synonyms: contaminating
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    Antonyms:
    clean, uncontaminating
    not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
  3. adjective
    contaminated with infecting organisms
    dirty wounds”
    synonyms: pestiferous
    infected, septic
    containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms
  4. adjective
    (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
  5. adjective
    (of a manuscript) defaced with changes
    “foul (or dirty) copy”
    synonyms: foul, marked-up
    illegible
    (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible
  6. verb
    make soiled, filthy, or dirty
    synonyms: begrime, bemire, colly, grime, soil
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    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
    pollute
    contaminate (the environment) with waste or harmful substances
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. adjective
    violating accepted standards or rules
    “a dirty fighter”
    synonyms: cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
    unfair, unjust
    not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception
  8. adjective
    unethical or dishonest
    dirty police officers”
    synonyms: sordid
    corrupt
    lacking in integrity
  9. adjective
    obtained illegally or by improper means
    dirty money”
    synonyms: ill-gotten
    illegal
    prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
  10. adjective
    vile; despicable
    “a dirty (or lousy) trick”
    synonyms: filthy, lousy
    awful, nasty
    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
  11. adjective
    expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
    dirty looks”
    Synonyms:
    hostile
    characterized by enmity or ill will
  12. adjective
    (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
    dirty words”
    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
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    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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  13. adjective
    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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