[ US /ˈdɪndʒi/ ]
  1. causing dejection
    a blue day
    grim rainy weather
    the dark days of the war
    the first dismal dispiriting days of November
    a week of rainy depressing weather
    a dark gloomy day
    a disconsolate winter landscape
  2. thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
    dingy linen
    grubby little fingers
    a grungy kitchen
    a miner's begrimed face
    grimy hands
  3. (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
    dirty-blonde hair
    muddy colors
    the muddied grey of the sea
    dirty-green walls
    a dirty (or dingy) white
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How To Use dingy In A Sentence

  • So we plunge into its dingy maze with a hopeful and daring sensation of truantry. Times, Sunday Times
  • The coffin was palled with a square of rusty black velvet, whence all the pile had long been worn, and which the soaking rain now helped age to embrown and make flabby; a standard cross was borne by an ecclesiastical official, who had on a quadrangular cap surmounted by a centre tuft; two priests followed, sheltered by umbrellas, their sacerdotal garments dabbled and draggled with mud, and showing thick-shod feet beneath the dingy serge and lawn that flapped above them, as they came along at a smart pace, suggestive of anything but solemnity. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866
  • Who wants to go to a dingy playing room to get crushed in silence when you can go to the pub and talk to your friends.
  • Its hangings, the curtains, the room's upholstery were the dingy colour of the lees of wine.
  • I haven't forgotten my roots in Glasgow, with the dingy tenements and the grass full of dog dirt, and there are parts of Middlesbrough which look as if they belong to the Dark Ages.
  • Yet despite all this there was an air of conservation, the odd glimpse of the Old World in a narrow dingy lane where a dray horse shifted his weight from one hock to the other, blinking lazy lashes above the nosebag containing his lunch.
  • Her attempts had led her not to a position on board a ship, but to this dirty, dingy waiting job.
  • Security officers sit in a dingy room in front of banks of monitors scrutinising X-ray after X-ray of baggage bound for the aircraft hold. Times, Sunday Times
  • The glass shard of a building makes the dingy three-and five-story buildings next door seem dingier, and the seamy building boasting adult videos and scantily-clad mannequins even seamier. A Sliver Shines Above Midtown
  • There are exposed ducts and dingy, rather than atmospheric, lighting. Times, Sunday Times
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