• Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
    Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dirtiness obscenity in speech or writing
    • n dirtiness the state of containing dirty impurities
    • n dirtiness the state of being unsanitary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the other names that were thought of for the dwarfs in the Disney movie "Snow White" were Awful, Dirty, Shifty, Hotsy, and Jumpy
    • n Dirtiness The state of being dirty; filthiness; foulness; nastiness; baseness; sordidness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dr. George F. Grant received U.S. patent number 638,920 on December 12, 1899. His invention? The golf tee. He created it because he didn't want to get his hands dirty by building a mound of dirt to place his ball on.
    • n dirtiness The state of being dirty; filthiness; foulness; nastiness.
    • n dirtiness Meanness; baseness; sordidness.
    • n dirtiness Sloppiness; muddiness; uncomfortableness: as, the dirtiness of the weather.
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  • Joan L. Curcio
    Joan L. Curcio
    “Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”
  • Sicilian Proverb
    Sicilian Proverb
    “Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
  • George Orwell
    “A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.”


Air your dirty laundry in public - If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
Dirty dog - A dirty dog is an untrustworthy person.
Do their dirty work - Someone who does someone's dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn't want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a 'henchman'.
Don't wash your dirty laundry in public - (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
Down and dirty - Down and dirty means unscrupulous and very competitive.
Get your hands dirty - If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.


In literature:

He would in no case visit the bath, he said, having heard that they used dirty water there.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
But there wos a brat all rags and dirty face and sauce as I was when you saw me fust.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
He began to pull dirty oilskins out of a locker.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
They were badly dressed, and so dirty!
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
She never could have been dirty, thought Tom to himself.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
You are not afraid of getting your hands dirty?
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Yet for all that, David couldn't quite bring himself to do the dirty work.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The beautiful old silver spoons were dirty, and several of them bent almost out of recognition.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
There was something tragic in her pose, as she stood, sad and abstracted, by the dirty table.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Watery or dirty; applied to weather, as "a blashy day," a wet day.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

How you jump -
Trepanned veteran,
Dirty girl,
Thumb stump.
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
To JAMES, Policeman Thirty-two -
All ruffled with his fight
SIR HERBERT was, and dirty too.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Leaping upward like a spark,
light and fleet —- none fleeter! —-
my poet fled this dirty, dark
den of kitchen fetor.
"Bjarni, Goodbye!" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
That ten years' nonsense now is done,
The daily quarrel dirty
Will soon become a war with one
Who held his own for thirty;
"To Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Another cat comes after her mice,
A cat with a dirty face,
But she does not hunt as our darling did,
Nor play with her airy grace.
"A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw" by Louisa May Alcott
And you have dirty dreams
That she will be Sultane,
And you will drink and boast
And roll about,
The grinning ancestor
Of little kings.
"Vengeance" by Edward Powys Mathers

In news:

Meet Damsel , a 24-year-old rapper who's into good baby makin' music, post-sex cuddling, nipple rings, dirty porn, and the Green Bay Packers.
Musicians, artists, dirty talk, good baby makin' music, cuddling, 5:00 shadows, chicks with dreads, reading tarot cards, guys with strong arms.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven.
And by 'at it' I mean talking dirty in a way that would plump a Ball-Park frank.
Yessir, she's talking dirty and acting flirty while giving the lowdown on what text messages really mean.
Dirty Money (Photo credit: Walt Stoneburner).
Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame delivered pizza to and ate lunch with with the employees of Dudley Construction Inc of Florence, Ky.
Dirty Harry vs Doctor No.
GAO sees ' dirty bomb ' risks at US hospitals.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities should strengthen security efforts around high-risk radiological sources that can be used to build a " dirty bomb ," according to a government report (PDF).
Dirty bomb ' threat at hospitals remains, GAO report says.
Hospitals across Chicago Perform Dirty Bomb Drills.
Study finds dirty bomb attack could cost DTLA $1 billion immediately, $16 billion later.
Aspen Sheriff's Race: Candidate Pulls Dirty Trick .
This spring, the conviction of two brothers for crimes against humanity in Argentina's ' dirty war ' highlighted the role civilians played in the military's systematic repression between 1976 and 1983.

In science:

This was, at first, a total surprise to those who had accepted the dirty ice model.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
However, this gave the incentive to perform the early experiments on the ultraviolet photoprocessing of low temperature mixtures of volatile molecules simulating the “original” dirty ice grains (Greenberg et al. 1972) to understand how and why the predicted H2O was not clearly present.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The general interstellar medium is also the site of a slow growth around pre-existent condensation nuclei (refractory cores); it is in this way that dirty icy grains are produced.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Equilibrium systems with quenched disorder, like vortex line pinning in dirty superconductors are described in the transfer matrix formulation by a non-Hermitian random Hamiltonian.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
This type of randomness may play important roles for the composite fermion theory of fractional quantum Hall effects and vortex states of dirty superconductors.
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models