• (British) IPA: /ˈdɜːti/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈdɝti/, [ˈdɝɾi]

dirty (comparative dirtier, superlative dirtiest)

  1. Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
    Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.
  2. That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
    Don't put that in your mouth, dear. It's dirty.
  3. Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
    At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.
  4. Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
    He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.
  5. Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
    I won't accept your dirty money!
  6. Out of tune.
    You need to tune that guitar: the G string sounds dirty.
  7. Of color, discolored by impurities.
    The old flag was a dirty white.
  8. (computing) Containing data needing to be written back to memory or disk.
    Occasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.
  9. (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
    None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.
  10. (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
    He lives in a dirty great mansion.
  11. Sleety; gusty; stormy.
    • Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
    • 1984, Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
      Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.
    dirty weather
  12. (slang) Of an alcoholic beverage, especially a cocktail or mixed drink: served with the juice of olives.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (covered with or containing dirt) clean
  • (violating accepted standards or rules) sportsmanlike
  • (of color: discolored by impurities) bright, pure
  • (when used with alcoholic beverages) neat
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Adverb


  1. In a dirty manner.
    to play dirty
Synonyms Translations Verb


  1. (transitive) To make (something) dirty.
  2. (transitive) To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  3. (transitive) To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
  4. (intransitive) To become soiled.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: salir, se salir
  • Italian: sporcare, sporcarsi
  • Portuguese: sujar-se
  • Russian: па́чкаться
  • Spanish: ensuciarse

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