Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sticky and foul; muddy; filthy; dirty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sticky and foul; muddy; filthy; dirty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Miry; muddy; sticky and foul; very dirty.

Etymologies

From clart +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here, I may not know what clarty means when I read "Great clarty footprints all through the hall" it thrills me, nonetheless.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Not but what even a clarty gown would be better than what ye've got on.

    Drums of Autumn

  • "Puir clarty bugger, " Ian said, shaking his head mournfully.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Better to give the real, the only excuse, and say that the soil is so -- no, not adhesive, not sticky, not tenacious, but, to use a word ten thousand times more expressive than these, so _clarty_.

    The Bed-Book of Happiness

  • Said he to me whiles you were to your bed and he was waiting on his dinner, “The poor-spirited clarty gowk!

    My Bones Will Keep

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  • I like this one. Very complimentary to 'manky'.

    May 14, 2008

  • Also Yorkshire - 'dirty, muddy, sticky'.

    February 4, 2008

  • Scots - messy, smeared. See clart.

    December 5, 2007