• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dingy causing dejection "a blue day","the dark days of the war","a week of rainy depressing weather","a disconsolate winter landscape","the first dismal dispiriting days of November","a dark gloomy day","grim rainy weather"
    • adj dingy thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot "a miner's begrimed face","dingy linen","grimy hands","grubby little fingers","a grungy kitchen"
    • adj dingy (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear "dirty" is often used in combination","a dirty (or dingy) white","the muddied grey of the sea","muddy colors","dirty-green walls","dirty-blonde hair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dingy a small boat intended to be used as a tender or lifeboat, carried or towed by a ship. It may be propelled by oars, sail, or a motor.
    • Dingy a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled.
    • Dingy a small boat propelled by oars or sails, used in the East Indies, in sheltered waters.
    • a Dingy Soiled; sullied; of a dark or dusky color; dark brown; dirty. "Scraps of dingy paper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dingy Foul; dirty.
    • dingy Soiled; tarnished; of a dusky color; having a dull-brownish tinge.
    • dingy Synonyms Tarnished, rusty, dull.
    • n dingy See dinghy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dingy ding′gi the smallest ship's boat: in India, a canoe.
    • adj Dingy din′ji of a dim or dark colour: dull: soiled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. dung,. Cf. Dungy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Skeat = dungy.


In literature:

He halted in the dingy coat closet to listen.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
As for the furnishings, Georgiana looked about her with an appraising eye which took in all their dinginess.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
The walls are often of lumber painted some dull color, and dingy through years of use.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts
It was the fag end of the week in the Dingy City.
"Impressions of a War Correspondent" by George Lynch
A dingy maid informed Dr. Lepardo that Miss Maitland had just finished her dinner.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
Your own dingy well-thumbed Bayle or Moreri possibly cost you two or three pounds; his cost forty or fifty.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
But Mrs. Middleton gathered her, willy-nilly, into a warm embrace, holding her close against the dingy pink flannel.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
I now took up the third book: it did not resemble the others, being longer and considerably thicker; the binding was of dingy calf-skin.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
A great calm descended at dusk; the tents of dingy brown hair surrounded the sheik's pavilion, which was topped with a plume.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Mr. Furnival's chambers were on the first floor in a very dingy edifice in Old Square, Lincoln's Inn.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

How oft my mind reverts to thee,
Thou city of the tunneled hills;
Thy lofty towers I still can see,
Thy smoke descending silently
Till all thy dingy streets it fills.
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick
She sat her down 'mid the dingy rocks, which
Girt the shore. The little ripples kissed her feet
Caressingly. Long she looked for a white sail,
To greet her tired eyes.
"Uranne" by Mary Weston Fordham
So what I read took flesh and blood,
And turned to living creatures:
The words were but the dingy bud
That bloomed, like Adam, from the mud,
To human forms and features.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
"An old lantern brought to me?
Ugly, dingy, battered, black!"
(Here a lady I suppose
Turning up a pretty nose)—
"Pray, sir, take the old thing back.
I've no taste for bricabrac."
"Mrs. Katherine’s Lantern" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Puss hid his dingy clothes
In the marshy river-grass.
And screamed, when the king came into sight,
"The Marquis of Carabas--
My master--is drowning close by!
Help! help! good king, or he will die!"
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
From dark immuring walls and dingy ways of trade,
From high society's luxurious stately homes,
From lounging places by the park or promenade,
From rural dwellings canopied in sylvan shade,
The tourist comes.
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard

In news:

The guitars hold a keen sense for dingy tone, while shredding shines light on the band's rock & roll leanings.
Edith is a financially strapped owner of a dingy L.A.
BB dingy dock opens, pier construction on hold.
Here's a closer look at Mexican security forces inspecting a dingy underground grotto underneath the Mexico City mansion, seen previously.
But in this case, Eden is not exactly Paradise - it's a patch of land on the Australian coast that cradles a dingy caravan park filled with squatty trailers.
I've towed a ski boat, wave runner and a dingy and it has done a fine job on all.
Dingy baggage claim of Newark Airport.
Too Much Detergent Makes Our Clothes Dingy and Our Machines Smell.
Because in Noam Murro's directorial bow — one of those Sundance premières starring famous people slumming in dingy Indieland — the smart people ain't doing much l-i-v-i-n' at all.
Forty barefoot women are lined up along the dingy walls of City Center's fourth-floor rehearsal hall, waiting to improvise a 30-second dance that could change their lives.
In recent years, discount clothing shops and dingy dining spots have pretty much been the extent of consumer options on Rua do Rosário, in Porto .
A dingy floats tied to a dock in Port Phillip, Australia.
George and his team come to rescue to renovate the school's dingy and hot cafeteria space into a comfortable, multipurpose room.
George and his team come to rescue to renovate the school's dingy and hot cafeteria space into.
The classic New York lofts of the 1970s, which were illegally converted factory spaces in a neighborhood called SoHo, were dingy, drafty and cheap.