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DINGY (dingier, dingiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dingy mean? 

DINGY (adjective)
  The adjective DINGY has 3 senses:

1. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
2. (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
3. causing dejection

  Familiarity information: DINGY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DINGY (adjective)

Sense 1dingy [BACK TO TOP]


Thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot


grungy; grimy; dingy; begrimed; grubby; raunchy

Context examples:

a miner's begrimed face / dingy linen / grimy hands / grubby little fingers / a grungy kitchen


dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)

Sense 2dingy [BACK TO TOP]


(of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear


muddied; dingy; muddy; dirty

Context examples:

dirty / a dirty (or dingy) white / the muddied grey of the sea / muddy colors / dirty-green walls / dirty-blonde hair


impure (combined with extraneous elements)

Sense 3dingy [BACK TO TOP]


Causing dejection


depressing; dismal; dreary; drear; dispiriting; gloomy; disconsolate; dingy; drab; grim; sorry; dark; blue

Context examples:

a blue day / the dark days of the war / a week of rainy depressing weather / a disconsolate winter landscape / the first dismal dispiriting days of November / a dark gloomy day / grim rainy weather


cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)

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