adjective, dingier, dingiest.
of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
shabby; dismal.

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]

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Word Origin & History

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