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dirty  


      adj  
1    begrimed, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty     (slang)   grubby, grungy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   messy, mucky, muddy, nasty, polluted, scuzzy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   soiled, sullied, unclean  
2    blue, indecent, obscene, off-colour, pornographic, risqué, salacious, sleazy, smutty, vulgar, X-rated     (informal)  
3    clouded, dark, dull, miry, muddy, not clear  
4    corrupt, crooked, dishonest, fraudulent, illegal, treacherous, unfair, unscrupulous, unsporting  
5    base, beggarly, contemptible, cowardly, despicable, ignominious, low, low-down     (informal)   mean, nasty, scurvy, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile  
6    angry, annoyed, bitter, choked, indignant, offended, resentful, scorching  
7      (of weather)   gusty, louring or lowering, rainy, squally, stormy  
      vb  
8    begrime, blacken, defile, foul, mess up, muddy, pollute, smear, smirch, smudge, soil, spoil, stain, sully  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj  
1    clean, pure  
2    clean, decent  
4    decent, honest, moral, reputable, respectable, upright  
7    pleasant  
      vb   clean, tidy up  
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dirty  

  ( dirtier    comparative)   ( dirtiest    superlative)   ( dirties    3rd person present)   ( dirtying    present participle)   ( dirtied    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   If something is dirty, it is marked or covered with stains, spots, or mud, and needs to be cleaned.   (=grubby)     (Antonym: clean)    She still did not like the woman who had dirty fingernails...     
2       verb   To dirty something means to cause it to become dirty.  
He was afraid the dog's hairs might dirty the seats...      V n  
3       adj   If you describe an action as dirty, you disapprove of it and consider it unfair, immoral, or dishonest.  
usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    The gunman had been hired by a rival Mafia family to do the dirty deed.     
      Dirty is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Jim Browne is the kind of fellow who can fight dirty.     
4       adj   If you describe something such as a joke, a book, or someone's language as dirty, you mean that it refers to sex in a way that some people find offensive.  
usu ADJ n  
They told dirty jokes and sang raucous ballads...     
      Dirty is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
I'm often asked whether the men talk dirty to me. The answer is no.     
5       adj   Dirty is used before words of criticism to emphasize that you do not approve of someone or something.  
INFORMAL   ADJ n     (emphasis)    You dirty liar.     
6    If you say that someone washes their dirty linen in public, you disapprove of their discussing or arguing about unpleasant or private things in front of other people. There are several other forms of this expression, for example wash your dirty laundry in public, or in American English, air your dirty laundry in public.  
wash one's dirty linen in public      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    We shouldn't wash our dirty laundry in public and if I was in his position, I'd say nothing at all.     
7    If someone gives you a dirty look, they look at you in a way which shows that they are angry with you.  
INFORMAL  
dirty look      phrase   N inflects, PHR after v  
Michael gave him a dirty look and walked out.     
8    Dirty old man is an expression some people use to describe an older man who they think shows an unnatural interest in sex.  
dirty old man      phrase   N inflects, usu vlink PHR     (disapproval)   
9    To do someone's dirty work means to do a task for them that is dishonest or unpleasant and which they do not want to do themselves.  
do someone's dirty work      phrase   V inflects  
As a member of an elite army hit squad, the army would send us out to do their dirty work for them.     
10    If you say that an expression is a dirty word in a particular group of people, you mean it refers to an idea that they strongly dislike or disagree with.  
a dirty word      phrase   v-link PHR  
Marketing became a dirty word at the company.     


dirty bomb        ( dirty bombs    plural  ) A dirty bomb is a nuclear bomb that uses explosives to release radioactive material over a wide area.      n-count  
dirty trick        ( dirty tricks    plural  ) You describe the actions of an organization or political group as dirty tricks when you think they are using illegal methods to harm the reputation or effectiveness of their rivals.      n-count   usu pl  
He claimed he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign..     

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dirt, diary, deity, direct

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n.
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
adj.
low; cheap, dirty, sluttish (as behavior and/or look)
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')

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