• WordNet 3.6
    • n dinginess discoloration due to dirtiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dinginess Quality of being dingy; a dusky hue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dinginess The quality of being dingy or tarnished; a shabby or soiled appearance.
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In literature:

He rapped on the door of a dingy office, and it was opened by his son, Mr. Samuel Rosewarne.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There were shops, and a foundry stretching out smoky, dingy arms in various directions.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
In a few minutes they approached a dingy-looking house standing well back from the road.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
And he brought dainties and flowers to the dingy room.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
And yet how different it was from those dingy rooms in Arundel Street!
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Dingy pewter was fairly accounted a disgrace.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
The little bag was in her hand, when she saw a dingy curtain on her left pushed aside.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
After the dinner they went back to the dingy studio, where the man lighted a pipe and sat opposite his small daughter, puffing uneasily.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
It was the smallest, dingiest, most slatternly house on a street noted for its dingy and slatternly houses.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
An evil vapor floated from the pages of the book and, circling round his head, half hid his grim face and dingy beard.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield

In poetry:

Will they likely be tarnished
Smudged, dingy, or singed?
Soiled or possibly rumpled
Without and maybe within?
"Hopeful" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
HE goes out with his Dreams
Through the dingy city square,
Purple- and silver-winged
They go with him everywhere.
"A Boy Of The Ghetto" by Margaret Widdemer
London sky, marred by smoke, veiled from view,
London snow, trodden thin, dingy brown,
Whence that strange unrest at thoughts of you
Out of town?
"Out of Town" by Amy Levy
Who in their lifetime deemed
Him their chief enemy — one whose brain had schemed
To get their dingy greatness deeplier dingied
And disesteemed.
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
Year after year on his wall it hung;
'Twas ever joyful and always young-
Driving away all thoughts of gloom
While the painter toiled in his dingy room.
"Two Pictures" by Anonymous Americas
And they soon stood alongside the vessel,
When a life-saving dingy was lowered
With the pick of the crew, And her relatives too,
And the mate and the skipper aboard.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Speckled trout are in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta despite dingy water (Jeff Dute).
Cavers cross Lake Cadoux in a small dingy inside the Gouffre Berger cave.
IN the back of a dingy strip mall in Hollywood, between a discount cigarette store, a coin-op laundry and a 7-11, sits one of Los Angeles's most revered restaurants: Zankou Chicken.
At a dingy shop in downtown Fluxion City, you can buy, for only $29.95, the suitcase of a desperate man.
The dingy hotel corridor was populated with suits, milling about and radiating airs of defensive hostility.
"You mean that dingy Cajun joint on Great Jones Street".
A year ago, a dingy, cramped and aging terminal greeted travelers to Sacramento International Airport.
For more than 25 years, employees of the Angeles National Forest 's headquarters building were housed in dingy trailers, always meant to be temporary.
Inside her dingy one-room home in this apple-rich town in the Himalayan region of Kashmir , a middle aged mother writhed in grief at the killing of her two teenage daughters, allegedly by rebels fighting Indian rule.
He was, by far, the handsomest man at the Firehouse Lounge, a dingy nightclub just outside my exurban hometown of Circle Pines.
In a dingy Washington DC Metro stop, a world renowned violinist, purposely unassuming in jeans and a baseball hat, once played some of the most beautiful classical masterpieces known to man.
Tired of that dingy old refrigerator in your kitchen.
Nod off in "Elephant Room " and you may upon regaining consciousness think you've been teleported into a minor Las Vegas show in the dingy lounge of a lesser hotel somewhere off the Strip.
David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune Don't let the dingy exterior dissuade you from trying Twelve Mile Limit.
Floating 'Solar UFO ' To Clean Osaka's Dingy Canals and Castle Moats.