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dingy

[din-jee] /ˈdɪn dʒi/
adjective, dingier, dingiest.
1.
of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
2.
shabby; dismal.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; origin uncertain
Related forms
dingily, adverb
dinginess, noun
Can be confused
dinghy, dingy.
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Examples for dingy
  • The entrance sits low and dingy below the sidewalk, next to some stained traffic cones.
  • Whatever you do, don't use that dingy recycled re-recycled tree-friendly paper.
  • Though formally homeless, few of those who lack settled abodes sleep on the streets, nor do many live in dingy hotels or hostels.
  • Yet the overall impression was one of dingy neglect and piecemeal repair.
  • Fortunately, the dingy will float even if it is partially inflated.
  • Some basic foods are available in dingy peso shops and through ration books.
  • Our adventuring heroine wakes up in a dimly lit cave, suspended upside-down and wrapped in a cocoon of dingy white cloth.
  • It looks unwelcoming, they say, dark and a little dingy.
  • Perhaps it's best to think of the book as sunlight through a dingy window.
  • Here's a great way to roam the world right from your dingy little veal-fattening pen.
British Dictionary definitions for dingy

dingy

/ˈdɪndʒɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
lacking light or brightness; drab
2.
dirty; discoloured
Derived Forms
dingily, adverb
dinginess, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung
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Word Origin and History for dingy
adj.

1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dingy

dingy

adjective

Goofy; loony: a dingy move


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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