- = filthy, soiled, grubby, nasty, foul, muddy, polluted, messy, sullied, grimy, unclean, mucky, grotty (slang), grungy (slang, mainly, US & Canadian), scuzzy (slang, mainly, US), begrimed, skanky (slang), festy (Australian, slang) •
The woman had matted hair and dirty fingernails.
opposites: clean, pure, spotless
- = dishonest, illegal, unfair, cheating, corrupt, crooked, deceiving, fraudulent, treacherous, deceptive, unscrupulous, crafty, deceitful, double-dealing, unsporting, knavish (archaic) •
Their opponents used dirty tactics.
opposites: moral, decent, respectable, upright, honest, reputable
- = obscene, rude, coarse, indecent, blue, offensive, gross, filthy, vulgar, pornographic, sleazy, suggestive, lewd, risqué, X-rated (informal), bawdy, salacious, smutty, off-colour, unwholesome, page-three •
He laughed at their dirty jokes.
opposites: clean, decent
- = despicable, mean, low, base, cheap, nasty, cowardly, beggarly, worthless, shameful, shabby, vile, sordid, low-down (informal), abject, squalid, ignominious, contemptible, wretched, scurvy, detestable, scungy (Australian & New Zealand) •
That was a dirty trick to play.
- = dark, clouded, dull, not clear, muddy, miry
- = stormy, rainy, gusty, squally, louring or lowering
- = soil, foul, stain, spoil, smear, muddy, pollute, blacken, mess up, smudge, sully, defile, smirch, begrime •
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
'dirty' in Other Languages
- British English: dirty If something is dirty, it is marked or covered with stains, spots, or mud, and needs to be cleaned.He had dirty fingernails.ˈdɜːtɪ ADJECTIVE
- Arabic: قَذِر
- Brazilian Portuguese: sujo suja
- Chinese: 肮脏的
- Croatian: prljav prljava
- Czech: špinavý
- Danish: beskidt
- Dutch: vies
- European Spanish: sucio sucia
- Finnish: likainen
- French: sale
- German: schmutzig
- Greek: βρόμικος βρόμικη
- Italian: sporco sporca
- Japanese: 汚れた
- Korean: 더러운
- Norwegian: skitten
- Polish: brudny brudna
- Portuguese: sujo suja
- Romanian: murdar murdar, murdară, murdari, murdare
- Russian: грязный грязная
- Spanish: sucio sucia
- Swedish: smutsig smutsigt
- Thai: สกปรก
- Turkish: kirli
- Ukrainian: брудний
- Vietnamese: bẩn
- British English: dirty To dirty something means to cause it to become dirty. VERBHe was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats.
- Brazilian Portuguese: sujar
- Chinese: 把…弄脏把…弄脏髒
- European Spanish: ensuciar
- French: salir
- German: beschmutzen
- Italian: sporcare
- Japanese: よごす
- Korean: 더럽히다
- Portuguese: sujar
- Spanish: ensuciar
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