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[fil-thee] /ˈfɪl θi/
adjective, filthier, filthiest.
foul with, characterized by, or having the nature of filth; disgustingly or completely dirty.
vile; vulgar; obscene:
filthy language.
contemptibly offensive, vile, or objectionable:
to treat one's friends in a filthy manner.
(of money) abundantly supplied (often followed by with):
They're filthy with money.
verb (used with object), filthied, filthying.
to make filthy; foul.
filthy rich, outrageously wealthy; very rich.
Origin of filthy
1350-1400; Middle English; see filth, -y1
Related forms
filthily, adverb
filthiness, noun
1. See dirty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for filthy
  • In short, natural gas may burn clean, but extracting it is extremely filthy.
  • It could also make clean firms a lot of filthy cash.
  • Soon you'll be doing filthy tricks that you once dreamed were insurmountable.
  • Pigs are disgusting filthy creatures that should phased out of our food chain.
  • She leans casually on her spinning frame, staring out at the camera, dressed in a filthy work smock.
  • Some of what the sink spectators witnessed was, well, filthy.
  • He's made a lot of his employees filthy rich as well--but they, of course, are all professional mathematicians by training.
  • He found the city filthy and anarchic, and with a businessman's can-do spirit, he cleaned it up.
  • Shortly you'll be executing filthy stunts that you once concluded were insurmountable.
  • She held one up to the light, squinted at a filthy smudge-and was astonished to see ghostly faces staring back at her.
British Dictionary definitions for filthy


adjective filthier, filthiest
characterized by or full of filth; very dirty or obscene
offensive or vicious: that was a filthy trick to play
(informal, mainly Brit) extremely unpleasant: filthy weather
extremely; disgustingly: filthy rich
Derived Forms
filthily, adverb
filthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for filthy

late 12c., fulthe, "corrupt, sinful," from filth + -y (2). Meaning "physically unclean" is from late 14c. Meaning "morally dirty, obscene" is from 1530s.

In early use often hardly more emphatic than the mod. dirty; it is now a violent expression of disgust, seldom employed in polite colloquial speech. [OED]
Related: Filthiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for filthy


  1. Wealthy; rich; loaded: He's filthy with dough (1930s+)
  2. Obscene; salacious; blue, dirty: filthy movies/ filthy minds (1535+)
  3. Excellent; desirable; cool, rad (1990s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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