dinginess

dingy

[din-jee]
adjective, dingier, dingiest.
1.
of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
2.
shabby; dismal.

Origin:
1730–40; origin uncertain

dingily, adverb
dinginess, noun

dinghy, dingy.
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dingy (ˈdɪndʒɪ)
 
adj , -gier, -giest
1.  lacking light or brightness; drab
2.  dirty; discoloured
 
[C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung]
 
'dingily
 
adv
 
'dinginess
 
n

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dingy
1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but probably related to dung.
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