American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Darkened with smoke and grime; dirty or discolored.
- adj. Shabby, drab, or squalid.
- adj. Slang Crazy; insane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Foul; dirty.
- Soiled; tarnished; of a dusky color; having a dull-brownish tinge.
- Synonyms Tarnished, rusty, dull.
- n. See dinghy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Soiled; sullied; of a dark or dusky color; dark brown; dirty.
- adj. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
- adj. causing dejection
- adj. (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
- Unknown, though probably from an I-mutated form of "dung". (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from Middle English dinge, dung, variant of dung; see dung.ding1 + -y1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The poor live in dingy cubes of space stacked on top of each other like ice cube trays, twelve stories high even in the slums.”
“One of my policies is to avoid motels where you need to communicate with the clerk through a slot in dingy bulletproof glass.”
“For decades a foreign proletariat toiling in dingy factories from Vladivostok to Karl-Marx-Stadt helped bankroll Pyongyang's transformation into a proud monument to ethnic self-reliance, so that someday a Bruce Cumings could boast that it is anything but the ugly Communist capital one might expect.”
“Among them was a man in dingy civilian clothes who was lying with his arm across his face and apparently asleep.”
“And there was a certain dingy office in a lane-like street that was also a centre in the early eighties.”
“Bless you, yes, sir," said that worthy, resplendent in dingy scarlet uniform.”
“People whose lives, and those of their parents before them, have been spent in dingy tenements, and whose only garden is a rickety soap-box high up on a fire-escape, share this love, which must have a plant to tend, with those whose gardens cover acres and whose plants have been gathered from all the countries of the world.”
“The police and prosecutors of “Law & Order” may have spent most of their time in dingy offices and had no personal lives to speak of, but we’ll likely miss them more in the long run than the hothouse heroes of those other shows.”
“The shivering terrified wretches hidden in dingy rooms around the country are another of Brown’s achievements while he has been running the domestic show.”
“Boys work for 20 hour days, seven days a week, in dingy 10’ square rooms having little ventilation and grimy floors.”
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