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Related to got hands dirty: hands are tied, scratched the surface, hands are full
These adjectives apply to what is unclean, impure, or unkempt: dirty clothes; filthy rags; grimy hands; an old grubby stove; a squalid apartment.
adj. dirt•i•er, dirt•i•est, adj.
Something that is dirty has dust, mud, or stains on it and needs to be cleaned.
You can also say that a person is dirty.
You do not use words such as 'completely' or 'absolutely' with dirty. If you want to emphasize that someone or something is covered in a lot of dirt, you say that they are very dirty or really dirty.
Past participle: dirtied
|Verb||1.||dirty - make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
foul - make unclean; "foul the water"
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
slime - cover or stain with slime; "The snake slimed his victim"
splash - soil or stain with a splashed liquid
mud, muck up, muck, mire - soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
crock - soil with or as with crock
|Adj.||1.||dirty - 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"|
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
clean - free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"
|2.||dirty - (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"|
indecent - offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture"
|3.||dirty - vile; despicable; "a dirty (or lousy) trick"; "a filthy traitor"|
|4.||dirty - spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "the air near the foundry was always dirty"; "a dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout"|
|5.||dirty - contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen|
|6.||dirty - (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
|7.||dirty - (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty) copy"|
illegible - (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting"
|8.||dirty - obtained illegally or by improper means; "dirty money"; "ill-gotten gains"|
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
|9.||dirty - expressing or revealing hostility or dislike; "dirty looks"|
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
|10.||dirty - violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter"; "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"|
|11.||dirty - unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"|
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
|12.||dirty - unpleasantly stormy; "there's dirty weather in the offing"|
stormy - (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion; "a stormy day"; "wide and stormy seas"
filthy clean, pure, spotless
dishonest moral, decent, respectable, upright, honest, reputable
obscene clean, decent
your hands are dirty → tienes las manos sucias
to get (o.s.) dirty → ensuciarse
to get sth dirty → ensuciar algo
to get one's hands dirty → ensuciarse or mancharse las manos
his dirty habits get on my nerves → tiene unas costumbres asquerosas que me sacan de quicio
cleaning the cooker is a dirty job → limpiar la cocina es un trabajo muy sucio
there was a dirty mark on his shirt → tenía una mancha en la camisa
to wash one's dirty linen in public → sacar los trapos sucios a relucir
see also nappy A
to have a dirty mind → tener una mente pervertida, tener una mente guarra (Sp)
dirty old man → viejo m verde
dirty weekend (Brit) → fin m de semana de lujuria (hum)
to go on a dirty weekend (with sb) → ir a pasar un fin de semana de lujuria (con algn)
dirty word → palabrota f, lisura f (Andes, S. Cone)
communism has become almost a dirty word → "comunismo" se ha convertido casi en una palabrota
dirty business → negocio m sucio
dirty money → dinero m sucio
dirty play (Sport) → juego m sucio
there are some dirty players in the team → algunos de los miembros del equipo juegan sucio
dirty pool (US) → juego m sucio
a dirty trick → una mala pasada, una jugarreta
to play a dirty trick on sb → jugar una mala pasada a algn, hacer una jugarreta a algn
dirty tricks → chanchullos mpl
dirty tricks department sección de actividades secretas para desacreditar al contrario
dirty war → guerra f sucia
to do sb's dirty work he always gets other people to do his dirty work → siempre consigue que los demás le hagan el trabajo sucio
you're a dirty liar → eres un cerdo mentiroso → eres un mentiroso de mierda
you dirty rat! → ¡canalla!, ¡cerdo!
to fight dirty [boxer] → no luchar limpiamente
to play dirty [footballer] → jugar sucio
his dirty great hands → sus manazas, sus manotas
to get dirty → se salir
to get sth dirty → salir qch
to wash one's dirty linen in public, to wash one's dirty laundry in public → laver son linge sale en public
to do someone's dirty work → faire le sale boulot de qn
dirty story → histoire f cochonne
that's a dirty word in this house! (subject not to be raised) → c'est un tabou dans cette maison!
to play dirty → faire un coup en traître
to fight dirty → donner des coups en traîtredirty bomb n → bombe f saledirty-minded [ˌdɜːrtiˈmaɪndɪd] adj
to be dirty-minded → avoir l'esprit mal tourné
dirty-minded kids → des gamins à l'esprit mal tournédirty old man n → vieux cochon mdirty weekend n → week-end m coquin
dirty trick → brutto scherzo
to give sb a dirty look (fam) → lanciare un'occhiataccia a qn
to play a dirty trick on sb → farla sporca a qn, giocare un brutto scherzo a qn
to have a dirty mind → pensare solo a quello
a dirty old man → un vecchio sporcaccione
dirty word → parolaccia
it's a dirty word these days → oggigiorno è un argomento tabù
do your own dirty work! → non passare a me le tue gatte da pelare!