One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘grubby net curtains’
dirty, grimy, filthy, unwashed, stained, soiled, smeared, spotted, muddy, dusty, sooty
messy, scruffy, shabby, untidy, unkempt, slovenly, slatternly, sordid, squalid
unhygienic, unsanitary, insanitary
informal mucky, cruddy, yucky, icky
British informal manky, grotty, gungy
Northern Irish informal bogging
literary befouled, besmirched, besmeared, begrimed
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