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dirty

adjective uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/ us    /ˈdɝː.t̬i/

dirty adjective (NOT CLEAN)

A2 not clean: Her face was dirty and tear-stained.

dirty adjective (NOT HONEST)

informal unfair, dishonest, or unkind: She played a dirty trick on me by telling me Diane was having a party when she wasn't. The airline admitted being involved in a dirty tricks campaign to win customers from their rival. That's a dirty lie!

dirty adjective (NOT POLITE)

informal describes something that is connected with sex, in a way that many people think is offensive: a dirty magazine/film/joke You've got a really dirty mind!

dirty

adverb uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/ us    /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
dirty great/big very great/big: The old power station's nothing but a dirty great blot on the landscape.
Idioms

dirty

verb [T] uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/ us    /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
to make something dirty: Don't sit on the floor - you might dirty your dress.
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