dirt|y1 W3S2 [ˈdə:ti US ˈdə:r-] adj comparative dirtier superlative dirtiest
clean, ↑dirty
1¦(not clean)¦
4 something is a dirty word
5 give somebody a dirty look
6 dirty trick
7 wash your dirty linen/laundry
8 do somebody's dirty work
9 it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it
11 dirty bomb
1.) ¦(NOT CLEAN)¦
covered in or marked by an unwanted substance
≠ ↑clean
a stack of dirty dishes in the sink
How did you get so dirty?
dirty clothes/washing/laundry
She circled the bedroom, picking up dirty clothes.
2.) ¦(SEX)¦
relating to sex, in a way that is considered immoral or unpleasant
kids telling dirty jokes
a dirty magazine
She looked at me as if I had said a dirty word .
have a dirty mind
BrE (=think about sex a lot)
dirty weekend
BrE (=a weekend when a man and woman who are not married to each other go away to have sex)
used to emphasize that you think someone or something is bad, dishonest, or immoral
You're a dirty liar!
a dirty fighter
you and your dirty little deals
do the dirty on sb
BrE (=treat someone in a way that is unfair or dishonest)
What a dirty rotten trick!
4.) sth is a dirty word
if something is a dirty word, people believe it is a bad thing even if they do not know or think much about it
'Liberal' has somehow become a dirty word in America.
5.) give sb a dirty look
to look at someone in a very disapproving way
Susan gave her brother a dirty look.
6.) dirty trick
a dishonest or unfair action, especially done by a government, company, or organization
political dirty tricks
7.) wash your dirty linen/laundry also air your dirty laundry AmE
to discuss something embarrassing or bad about yourself where everyone can see, know, or hear
The divorce has meant airing their dirty laundry in court.
8.) do sb's dirty work
to do an unpleasant or dishonest action for someone, so that they do not have to do it themselves
I'm not talking to him; you do your own dirty work!
9.) it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it
used to say that something is unpleasant to do, but that it is necessary - often used humorously
AmE informal containing or possessing illegal drugs
11.) dirty bomb
a bomb that contains a ↑radioactive substance which makes the bomb more dangerous than bombs containing only traditional explosives
12.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a dirty sports event is one in which people competing in the event have illegally used drugs to improve their performance
Many people think that the race has been a dirty event for years.
>dirtily adv
similar words: filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky (BrE), muddy, greasy, dusty, soiled, contaminated, polluted
dirty 2
dirty2 adv informal
1.) play dirty
to behave in a very unfair and dishonest way, especially in a competition or game
a team that plays dirty
2.) talk dirty
to talk about sex using offensive words
3.) dirty great/dirty big
BrE spoken extremely big
a dirty great snake
dirty 3
dirty3 past tense and past participle dirtied present participle dirtying third person singular dirties
v [I and T]
1.) to make something dirty
2.) to make someone feel or seem bad, dishonest, or immoral
The army's actions dirtied its reputation.
3.) dirty your hands
to do hard physical work, in which your hands become dirty

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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