1. [ adjective ] thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
Synonyms: grimy grungy grubby raunchy begrimed

"a miner's begrimed face" "dingy linen" "grimy hands" "grubby little fingers" "a grungy kitchen"

Related terms: dirty
2. [ adjective ] (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear
Synonyms: muddied muddy dirty

"dirty" is often used in combination "a dirty (or dingy) white" "the muddied gray of the sea" "muddy colors" "dirty-green walls" "dirty-blonde hair"

Related terms: impure
3. [ adjective ] depressing in character or appearance
Synonyms: dreary dismal sorry gloomy drear drab

"drove through dingy streets" "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens "drab old buildings" "a dreary mining town" "gloomy tenements" "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams

Related terms: cheerless
Similar spelling:   ding