• Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
    Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dirty unpleasantly stormy "there's dirty weather in the offing"
    • adj dirty soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime "dirty unswept sidewalks","a child in dirty overalls","dirty slums","piles of dirty dishes","put his dirty feet on the clean sheet","wore an unclean shirt","mining is a dirty job","Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
    • adj dirty (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency "dirty words","a dirty old man","dirty books and movies","boys telling dirty jokes","has a dirty mouth"
    • adj dirty spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination "the air near the foundry was always dirty","a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout"
    • adj dirty unethical or dishonest "dirty police officers","a sordid political campaign"
    • adj dirty violating accepted standards or rules "a dirty fighter","used foul means to gain power","a nasty unsporting serve","fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
    • adj dirty expressing or revealing hostility or dislike "dirty looks"
    • adj dirty obtained illegally or by improper means "dirty money","ill-gotten gains"
    • adj dirty (of a manuscript) defaced with changes "foul (or dirty) copy"
    • adj dirty vile; despicable "a dirty (or lousy) trick","a filthy traitor"
    • adj dirty (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"
    • adj dirty contaminated with infecting organisms "dirty wounds","obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen"
    • v dirty make soiled, filthy, or dirty "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
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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
    • Dirty Defiled with dirt; foul; nasty; filthy; not clean or pure; serving to defile; as, dirty hands; dirty water; a dirty white.
    • Dirty Sleety; gusty; stormy; as, dirty weather. "Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea."
    • Dirty Sordid; base; groveling; as, a dirty fellow. "The creature's at his dirty work again."
    • Dirty Sullied; clouded; -- applied to color.
    • Dirty To foul; to make filthy; to soil; as, to dirty the clothes or hands.
    • Dirty To tarnish; to sully; to scandalize; -- said of reputation, character, etc.
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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.
    • dirty Consisting of or imparting dirt or filth; causing foulness; soiling: as, a dirt mixture; dirt work.
    • dirty Characterized by dirt; unclean; not cleanly; sullied: as, dirty hands; dirty employment.
    • dirty Appearing as if soiled; dark-colored; impure; dingy.
    • dirty Morally unclean or impure; base; low; despicable; groveling: as, a dirty fellow; a dirty job or trick.
    • dirty Repulsive to sensitive feeling; disagreeable; disgusting.
    • dirty Foul; muddy; squally; rainy; sloppy; uncomfortable: said of the weather or of roads. Synonyms Filthy, Foul, etc. See nasty.
    • dirty Unclean, soiled, sullied, begrimed.
    • dirty Vile, scurvy, shabby, sneaking, despicable, contemptible, gross, obscene.
    • dirty To defile; make filthy; soil; befoul: as, to dirty the clothes or hands.
    • dirty To soil or tarnish morally; sully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Head lice actually prefer to live on clean heads, not dirty ones.
    • Dirty foul, filthy: unclean in thought or conversation: despicable: mean
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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.”
  • 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.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. drit—Scand., Ice. drit, excrement.


In literature:

One is always reminded that he is a barbarian, that he is ignorant, that he is dirty.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
His table manners were very bad, his hands were dirty but there was something about him that interested Roger.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
My friend who read the tex' to me said wicked things made white dresses dirty.
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
His home at best was as miserable and dirty as possible.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
After that he was called Dirty Dick.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
The call came to me in a dirty street at night.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
As for the rest of Mrs. O'Hern's dirty stories, they're spite work evidently.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
It's a dirty shame, eh?
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
His face and hands were extraordinarily dirty.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Her sides looked dirty and worn, and all her ironwork was rusty, as if she had been a long time at sea.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

Weary at heart and extremely ill
Was PALEY VOLLAIRE of Bromptonville,
In a dirty lodging, with fever down,
Close to the Polygon, Somers Town.
"The Baby's Vengeance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Fye on ye, women! why ca' ye me man?
For it's nae man that I'm used like;
I am but like a forfoughen hound,
Has been fighting in a dirty syke."
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
In the crowd was the bride’s dear mother
When asked - if we’d long to wait?
Said she didn’t know - the dirty dog
Was already six months late.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
A hundred miles from the Longships Light —
Leave her, Johnnie, leave her! —
And blowing up for a dirty night —
It's time for us to leave her!
"Leave Her Johnnie" by Cicely Fox Smith
You stole this dirty gold,
For this gold means
Your daughter's freedom
And your nephew's love,
Two fresh and lovely things
Groaning within your belt.
"Vengeance" by Edward Powys Mathers
Oh, but it is dirty!
—this little filling station,
oil-soaked, oil-permeated
to a disturbing, over-all
black translucency.
Be careful with that match!
"Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Cornell University Research Undermines Hysteria Contention that Shale Gas is "Dirty".
I LOVE hypothetical questions and playing the dirty, "what if" game.
'Dirty bomb' suspect's criminal record .
Jose Padilla, the US citizen the government suspects of planning to build and explode a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the United States, has an extensive criminal record , authorities said.
Sponsors of the Top Tier rating make no claim that such gasolines will clean dirty engines, only that they will keep clean engines clean.
She was dirty, nails too long, and she has a terrible rash all over her belly/groin.
INTERVIEWS Dirty Projectors Curate Orchestral Extravaganza.
Dirty Projectors / Photo by Andrew Herrold.
INTERVIEWS See Dirty Projectors' Kanye-Inspired Short 'Hi Custodian '.
See Dirty Projectors' Kanye-Inspired Short 'Hi Custodian '.
Shuddering at the thought of crowded grocery stores, dreaded hours in the kitchen and piles of dirty dishes as Thanksgiving creeps up on you.
This time he takes on dirty, disgusting, sore-covered hippies.
The Down & Dirty 100 is scheduled for Sept 21-22.
Diddy- Dirty Money , Last Train to Paris * * * ½ (out of four) ALL ABOARD.
Dirtymoney Diddy Rolls With Dirty Money In The 'Love Come Down' Video dirtymoney .

In science:

The synthesised beam of an interferometer usually has large sidelobes so the dirty map can be deconvolved using standard techniques such as CLEAN.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
Zamir, Lattice strategies for the dirty multiple access channel.
A Simple Extension of the $\modulo$-$\Lambda$ Transformation
Multi-user information theory, random binning, multiple access channel, dirty paper coding.
Technical Report: Achievable Rates for the MAC with Correlated Channel-State Information
Besag, „On the Statistical Analysis of Dirty Pictu res'', J. Roy. Stat. Soc. B, vol. 48, pp. 259-302, 1986.
Markov Random Field Segmentation of Brain MR Images
This limit is valid for “dirty” superconducting films4 .
Superconducting film with randomly magnetized dots: A realization of the 2D XY model with random phase shifts