Definition of dingy in English:



  • Gloomy and drab.

    ‘a dingy room’
    • ‘It stood at the top of Newport Street in Old Town, a dingy dark building measuring a modest eight feet square.’
    • ‘Finding no one, she sighed and seated herself at a small table in a dingy corner of the room.’
    • ‘Today, through the clever use of windows and glass bricks, the warren-like structure never feels dingy.’
    • ‘The hour-and-a-half long film is set in the claustrophobic confines of a dingy hotel room.’
    • ‘They are in a rather dingy room with a few Argos inspired design touches and in the presence of two young children.’
    • ‘It's a dark room, with only a single bare bulb hanging from the ceiling, dingy walls, dark floor.’
    • ‘Dust was everywhere, the floor was dingy and the once white walls were now a drab gray.’
    • ‘The dark and dingy rooms have just one little room up a stairway, which served as a toilet and bath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looked around a dingy and dirty room that contained two stalls, but no other door out.’
    • ‘It was a dingy place with a dirty floor and more dust than goods on the shelves.’
    • ‘He was shaggy and a dirty person, his dingy white shirt full of holes, and jeans full of mud.’
    • ‘A dark, dingy little shop that always smelt faintly of cigarettes and Pine-O-Clean.’
    • ‘The place is an eyesore, dingy and dark - not the sort of place that seemed safe to park.’
    • ‘Her attempts had led her not to a position on board a ship, but to this dirty, dingy waiting job.’
    • ‘The building he envisages for the association is a far cry from the dingy, dark hovel it occupies now.’
    • ‘An older me should have taken a younger me aside years ago and had a stern few words in a dark corner of a dingy bar.’
    • ‘I trudged through the snow and ice to the edge of town and got a room in a dingy motel next to the interstate.’
    • ‘It was when I first moved back to London, and I was renting a room in a flatshare in a dingy house in Putney.’
    • ‘When Kuruvila took over as headmaster, the school in the crowded George Town area was dark and dingy.’
    gloomy, drab, dark, dull, badly lit, poorly lit, dim
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Mid 18th century: perhaps based on Old English dynge ‘dung’.