dirty Definition

  • 1covered or marked with an unclean substance
  • 2immoral or dishonest
  • 3unpleasant or harmful

Using dirty: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dirty" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The kitchen was dirty and needed cleaning.

  • Example

    He has a dirty mind and always makes inappropriate jokes.

  • Example

    The air in the city is dirty and polluted.

dirty Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with dirty

  • get one's hands dirty

    to become involved in something that is unpleasant or dishonest


    If you want to succeed in politics, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty.

  • embarrassing or shameful secrets or information about someone


    I don't want to air my dirty laundry in public.

  • unpleasant or difficult tasks that someone has to do


    I had to do all the dirty work while my colleagues took the credit.


Summary: dirty in Brief

The adjective 'dirty' [ˈdɜːrti] describes something that is covered in an unclean substance, immoral or dishonest, or unpleasant or harmful. It can refer to physical objects like a dirty kitchen, or to people's behavior, like having a dirty mind. Phrases like 'get one's hands dirty' and 'dirty laundry' extend the meaning to involvement in unpleasant or shameful activities or secrets.

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