Definition of filthy in US English:



  • 1Disgustingly dirty.

    ‘a filthy hospital with no sanitation’
    • ‘By the end of the night, her dress was filthy, her hair was sticking to the top of her sweaty forehead and covered in straw, and her arms were so tired she felt like passing out.’
    • ‘I had to give her something instead of placing those filthy rags on her.’
    • ‘He was damp and filthy and his little clothing hung half off him, but I could see nothing but the ghastly maiming to his eyes.’
    • ‘But my major concern is the health service, the fact that hospitals are filthy.’
    • ‘But the roads are terribly congested and the air's so filthy.’
    • ‘I thought my days of hand washing were over and the easy days of slamming and cramming dirty, filthy, dishes had arrived in full force.’
    • ‘These children are being raised in homes that are absolutely filthy.’
    • ‘I am not a filthy rag and I am not an abomination.’
    • ‘They will have a long wait and most will end up in filthy bedsits, damp mobile homes and some with just a room at a house for teenage mothers.’
    • ‘The air is so filthy cigarette smoke is your only chance of imbibing oxygen.’
    • ‘The old trawler's toilets were so filthy that we could not use them.’
    • ‘Residents claim that they are filthy, covered in mud in wet weather and dust in dry weather, and lead to dirt being trodden into their homes.’
    • ‘Each episode opens with a coach and horses drawing up outside the brooding building and the camera, roaming through the filthy corridors, seeking out the appropriate actor.’
    • ‘Maybe the bathrooms are even more disgustingly filthy, though.’
    • ‘Officers and men alike were perpetually cold, wet, filthy, tired and frustrated.’
    • ‘She knew she was dirty and filthy and right now, she smelled horrific.’
    • ‘So when I was on the run I was filthy so much and cold sometimes but I was free.’
    • ‘Brother John warns him that the boys are dirty, degenerate and filthy little hooligans, not to be mistaken for intelligent human beings.’
    • ‘Last Monday, after a west wind, the sea was 13° and filthy dirty.’
    • ‘In spite of the light drizzle, the crowd milling around a filthy mud tenement continued to swell.’
    dirty, mucky, grimy, muddy, murky, slimy, unclean
    unwashed, unclean, dirty, grimy, dirt-encrusted, smeared, smeary, grubby, muddy, mucky, black, blackened, begrimed, stained, unkempt
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    1. 1.1 Obscene and offensive.
      ‘filthy language’
      • ‘The court heard how he had made people's lives a misery with threats, filthy language and abusive and intimidating conduct.’
      • ‘‘They spit, swear and use the most filthy language,’ he said.’
      • ‘The porn industry might be a dirty filthy shamefully-run machine, but aren't most entertainment industries?’
      • ‘I'm sorry to say this and please don't get too angry, but what a filthy mouth you have dear.’
      • ‘Here is some more filthy trash by this 16th century pornographer.’
      • ‘There has been drugs, fighting, filthy language, and police coming round at all hours.’
      • ‘Her mother was screaming filthy obscenities and it was wrong of her to do that.’
      • ‘I don't need to run down my opponent through filthy language in order to win.’
      • ‘‘She is also settling in nicely, though she has picked up a lot of filthy language from Sydney,’ said Julie.’
      • ‘Now I no longer smoke, I no longer drink, my language is no longer filthy, and I bathe daily.’
      • ‘The judge had directed the jury to consider whether the material under consideration was repulsive, filthy, loathsome and lewd.’
      • ‘The explicit, filthy language of sexual situations coming out of their mouths was shocking.’
      • ‘I'm not going to allow that filthy language in here.’
      • ‘Learn some filthy words and phrases from languages you don't normally speak.’
      • ‘But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.’
      • ‘The removal of that filthy, vile piece was not inexplicable.’
      • ‘He ignored them and kept pulling at my skirt, mouthing filthy language.’
      • ‘Thousands of e-mails began pouring in, some writers chastising us with perverse and filthy language while others described us as heroes with guts.’
      • ‘Being filthy dirty is not funny (as my mother always used to tell me when she caught me using too many four-lettered words), at least not by itself.’
      • ‘Although she does lose points because the rest of the song is also absolutely filthy.’
      obscene, indecent, dirty, smutty, rude, improper, corrupt, coarse, bawdy, unrefined, indelicate, vulgar, lewd, racy, raw, off colour, earthy, ribald, risqué, licentious
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    2. 1.2British informal (of weather) very unpleasant.
      ‘it looked like a filthy night’
      • ‘The violent electrical discharges would be heard as swishing fizzes on speakers, and the lights flickered occasionally, but these were the only signs of a filthy night outside.’
      • ‘Earlier, an MCA spokesman said: ‘The weather is filthy and anything we do is likely to be dictated by the weather.’’
      • ‘The northern wing fell back, in filthy weather, on Metz.’
      • ‘Cross-country entries decreased due to filthy weather but some great races ensued.’
      • ‘In contrast, the weather was filthy, however, and the driving rain was no aid to good kicking, particularly as Eden were without regular goal-kicker Rick Heron.’
      • ‘They face it every week, pitting themselves against tortuous terrain and filthy weather, recovering the fells' casualties without pay or team funding.’
      • ‘And it did so on a filthy night in a suburb of the city and in circumstances that could hardly have been more dramatic.’
      • ‘They are particularly appropriate on those utterly filthy days of freezing rain, when the neoprene insulation is a blessing.’
      • ‘For the third visit running, the most notable aspect of an England Test match at Centurion Park was the filthy weather.’
      • ‘His opponents were also helped by the filthy weather.’
      cold, chilly, bitter, bleak, raw, wintry, freezing, snowy, icy
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    3. 1.3informal (of a mood) bad-tempered and aggressive.
      ‘he arrived at the meeting half an hour late in a filthy temper’
      • ‘Then again, it's got nothing to do with the gods when you've got a filthy temper, and that I certainly have.’
      • ‘On the morning of my last day at home, my father came bursting into my room in a particularly filthy temper.’
      • ‘Both Andrea and I have been in filthy moods, and spent the whole day reading rude remarks into everything people say.’
      • ‘And like your mother, you're beautiful, but you have a filthy temper.’
      • ‘Meade was not a brilliant general, and his filthy temper made him a difficult man to serve.’
      bad, foul, unpleasant, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, aggressive, cross, fractious, peevish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered
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    4. 1.4informal Used to express one's anger and disgust.
      ‘you filthy beast’
      • ‘But now the youth of today, they live in sin rotting like beasts between filthy sheets.’
      • ‘A poacher would neither understand, nor care… vile, filthy, treacherous and thieving creatures of the night they are.’
      • ‘I'll also be honest and say that I'm a filthy liar when I say there are countless pictures like that.’
      • ‘After years of being a non-smoker my husband has taken up the filthy habit again.’
      • ‘She didn't want to do anything that would arouse this filthy man's suspicions or anger.’
      • ‘For seven days Ghost had ridden on the back of this filthy beast their handler called Daisy.’
      • ‘Oh my God, what kind of filthy perverts are these?’
      • ‘She blames everything on him, disgusted by his filthy ways and drug use, even going so far as to blame him for their inability to conceive a child.’
      • ‘"You snuck up on us, you filthy bastard," Millie said.’
      • ‘They were disgusting, filthy people, more disgusting than anything she could have imagined.’
      • ‘Not all men are filthy, disgusting, vile excuses for human beings, you know.’
      • ‘Amazing how a dirty filthy traitor can become a confused kid with a heart of gold when Dad can afford good lawyers.’
      • ‘Get your filthy paws off her, I think as anger sweeps through my body but it is shortly replaced with a desire.’
      • ‘Oh, and I was also 14 at the time, you filthy bastards.’
      • ‘Normal people say I'm to young, much to young, that it's filthy and disgusting, but I know they think I deserve it deep down.’
      • ‘An all-encompassing disgust with the whole filthy business is a way to claim your good-citizenship merit badge without earning it.’
      • ‘Her mother believed it was a filthy habit that just ended up killing you.’
      • ‘And this is how you repay her efforts, you filthy bastard.’
      • ‘Or am I just a filthy minded pervert?’
      • ‘One night, he begins to write down how he feels about the ‘intricate, filthy, disgusting maze’ he concocted to snare her.’
      despicable, contemptible, nasty, low, base, mean, vile, disgusting, unpleasant, obnoxious, wretched, shabby, sordid
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  • as submodifier To an extreme and often disgusting extent.

    ‘he has become filthy rich’
    • ‘Now, on a filthy rich supermodel the low-slung jean probably looks quite good.’
    • ‘Yet already I've thought up at least 145 ways I would insult people if I were filthy rich.’
    • ‘I'm back from Sydney and even managed to go out last night on top of not much sleep the night before and a filthy hangover that nothing would cure.’
    • ‘But, if he is, again the way the filthy rich are treated in our society may be relevant.’
    • ‘So, if there's anyone out there in Edinburgh who's filthy rich, then do get in touch.’
    • ‘It was not a good exchange but at least some people got filthy rich from the dealings.’
    • ‘Finally, you are shown the adventures of Ella, a lady chimney sweep with a filthy cold.’
    • ‘Financial independence is not about getting filthy rich, but it's about having enough to give away to others with a free conscience.’
    • ‘They were all filthy rich (they had gold bars taped to their torsos).’
    • ‘Polo as an international circle is so tight and so filthy rich that impostors are rare.’
    • ‘The mega-wealthy and the filthy rich have been feeding their faces at the expense of the rest of us.’
    • ‘They've found many new and innovative ways to become filthy rich with very little work, but they don't keep it to themselves.’
    • ‘So what are the symptoms of becoming filthy rich overnight?’
    • ‘Of course, he could have sued the guard, but, hey, he's probably not filthy rich, is he?’
    • ‘That makes it all the more depressing, for one would have hoped that someone who came up the hard way would know that the filthy rich don't deserve special favors.’
    • ‘If it wasn't for the fact that he's filthy rich, and can afford paid staff, I suspect he himself might find it difficult to find a job in this high-tech world.’
    • ‘Yet it came from a tiny little schoolgirl, who'd been struck down by a filthy cold on the day of the recording.’
    • ‘He declared that most long fraud trials were the result of the very rich robbing the filthy rich, who then pursued justice at the expense of the taxpayer.’
    • ‘If they are right, many of them will become filthy rich, maybe even millionaires.’
    • ‘Most romance writers don't get famous, nor - contrary to popular belief - filthy rich.’
    very, extremely, tremendously, immensely, vastly, hugely, remarkably
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