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din·gy 1

 (dĭn′jē)
adj. din·gi·er, din·gi·est
1. Darkened with smoke or grime.
2. Shabby, drab, or squalid.

[Possibly from Middle English dinge, dung, variant of dung; see dung.]

din′gi·ly adv.
din′gi·ness n.

ding·y 2

 (dĭng′ē)
adj. Slang
Mentally deranged; crazy.

[ding + -y.]

dingy

(ˈdɪndʒɪ)
adj, -gier or -giest
1. lacking light or brightness; drab
2. dirty; discoloured
[C18: perhaps from an earlier dialect word related to Old English dynge dung]
ˈdingily adv
ˈdinginess n

dingy

(ˈdɪŋɪ)
vb, pl -gies, -gying or -gied
(tr) slang Brit to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)

din•gy

(ˈdɪn dʒi)

adj. -gi•er, -gi•est.
1. of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness.
2. shabby; dismal.
[1730–40; orig. uncertain]
din′gi•ly, adv.
din′gi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dingy - thickly covered with ingrained dirt or sootdingy - thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot; "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; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
2.dingy - (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; "dirty" is often used in combination; "a dirty (or dingy) white"; "the muddied grey of the sea"; "muddy colors"; "dirty-green walls"; "dirty-blonde hair"
impure - combined with extraneous elements
3.dingy - causing dejection; "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, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"

dingy

adjective
1. dull, dark, dim, gloomy, murky, dreary, sombre, drab, colourless, dusky, bedimmed He took me to his rather dingy office.
2. discoloured, soiled, dirty, shabby, faded, seedy, grimy wallpaper with dingy yellow stripes

dingy

adjective
Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations
قَذِر، كامِد
špinavýzašlý
snavsettrist
skítugur; grámuskulegur
apsmurgęsapsmurgimasnutriušęs
nokvēpisnoputējisnotraipīts
ošumelý
izbe gibikasvetli

dingy

[ˈdɪndʒɪ] ADJ (dingier (compar) (dingiest (superl))) (= shabby) [furniture, decor] → deslustrado, deslucido; (= gloomy) [town, house, room] → sombrío, lóbrego; (= dirty) → sucio

dingy

[ˈdɪndʒi] adj [room, furnishings] → miteux/euse, minabledining area n (in room)coin m repas
the main dining area [restaurant] → la salle de restaurant principaledining car n (British)wagon-restaurant mdining chair nchaise f de salle à mangerdining hall nréfectoire mdining kitchen ncuisine f avec coin repasdining room n (in house)salle f à manger; (in hotel)salle f de restaurantdining room suite nsalle f à manger, ensemble m de salle à mangerdining table dining-table ntable f de la salle à manger

ding(e)y

, dinghy
nDing(h)i nt; (collapsible) → Schlauchboot nt

dingy

1
adj (+er) building, room, street, areadüster; (= dirty)schmuddelig; colourschmutzig; wallpaper with dingy yellow stripesTapeten mit schmutzig gelben Streifen

dingy

[ˈdɪn(d)ʒɪ] adj (shabby) → squallido/a; (dark) → scuro/a, tetro/a

dingy

(ˈdindʒi) adjective
dull; faded and dirty-looking. This room is so dingy.
ˈdinginess noun
References in classic literature ?
The few little cedars, which were so dull and dingy before, now stood out a strong, dusky green.
It was there also that she ate, keeping her belongings in a rare old buffet, dingy and battered from a hundred years of use.
continued Hawkeye; "they are gathering for the rush, or they would keep their dingy backs below the logs.
It used to be affirmed, that the dead shop-keeper, in a white wig, a faded velvet coat, an apron at his waist, and his ruffles carefully turned back from his wrists, might be seen through the chinks of the shutters, any night of the year, ransacking his till, or poring over the dingy pages of his day-book.
The room itself is cobwebbed, and dingy with old paint; its floor is strewn with grey sand, in a fashion that has elsewhere fallen into long disuse; and it is easy to conclude, from the general slovenliness of the place, that this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access.
Here and there would be a bridge crossing a filthy creek, with hard-baked mud shores and dingy sheds and docks along it; here and there would be a railroad crossing, with a tangle of switches, and locomotives puffing, and rattling freight cars filing by; here and there would be a great factory, a dingy building with innumerable windows in it, and immense volumes of smoke pouring from the chimneys, darkening the air above and making filthy the earth beneath.
There was a small window there, which let in, through its dingy, dusty panes, a scanty, uncertain light on the tall, high-backed chairs and dusty tables, that had once seen better days.
How different is this marvel observed from a raft, from what it is when one observes it through the dingy windows of a railway-station in some wretched village while he munches a petrified sandwich and waits for the train.
John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities.
I took my dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog- kennel, vowing I hated a good book.
In a minute more the first of the female servants made her appearance, with a dingy woolen shawl over her shoulders -- for the March morning was bleak; and rheumatism and the cook were old acquaintances.
To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.