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"dirty" in British English

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uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/

dirty adjective (NOT CLEAN)

A2 not ​clean: Her ​face was dirty and tear-stained.
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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. That's a dirty ​lie!

dirty adjective (NOT POLITE)

informal used to ​describe something that is ​connected with ​sex, in a way that many ​peoplethink is ​offensive: a dirty magazine/​movie/​joke You have a really dirty mind!


uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
dirty great/big UK informal very ​great/​big: The ​oldpower station's nothing but a dirty ​greatblot on the ​landscape.

dirtyverb [T]

uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
to make something dirty: Don't ​sit on the ​floor - you might dirty ​yourdress.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dirty" in American English

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dirtyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈdɜr·t̬i/

dirty adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT CLEAN)

having esp. ​dirt on the ​surface of something: He ​left his dirty ​towels on the ​bathroomfloor.

dirty adjective [-er/-est only] (UNFAIR)

unfair or ​dishonest: That was a dirty ​trick – ​telling me you were out of ​town when you were ​right here all the ​time! Dirty is also used to ​emphasize how ​strongly you ​feel that something is ​wrong or ​bad: That’s a dirty ​lie!

dirtyverb [T]

 us   /ˈdɜr·t̬i/

dirty verb [T] (GET DIRT ON)

to ​allow something to get ​dirt on it: Don’t ​sit on the ​ground – you’ll dirty ​your new ​suit.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dirty" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈdɜːti/
unfair or dishonest: The ​rival company's dirty tricks ​campaign had ​cost it many millions of ​pounds. a dirty ​campaign/​business dirty ​dealings/​politics/​tactics
ENVIRONMENT containing dangerous substances that may be harmful to the ​environment: dirty ​air dirty coal ​plants
do sb's dirty work to do something unpleasant or difficult for someone because they do not want to do it themselves: The ​buildingsocieties have done the chancellor's dirty ​work for him, by ​cutting the ​cost of a ​mortgage in anticipation of a ​baseratecut.
quick and dirty produced quickly and without ​spending much ​money: Developers make quick and dirty ​versions of the ​finalproduct so that the ​client can ​interact with it and ​providefeedback.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dirty”
in Arabic قَذِر, مُتَّسِخ…
in Korean 더러운…
in Portuguese sujo…
in Catalan brut…
in Japanese 汚れた…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肮脏, 尘土,泥土,灰尘…
in Turkish kirli, pis, açık saçık…
in Russian грязный, непристойный, нечестный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骯髒, 塵土,泥土,灰塵…
in Italian sporco…
in Polish brudny, nieprzyzwoity, świński…
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