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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DINGY

He drew his son into a little, low-browed, dingy room at the end of the hall.

All the ugly, dingy little urchins that I know have been invited.

He turned the knob and entered, advancing to the middle of the dingy room.

Old Dismukes was with them; burly, bushy, dingy, on a huge roan charger.

All of the dingy street was ugly, but the greater part of it appeared to be honest.

The few ornaments were new, and not at all dusty or dingy or tawdry.

None of them are muddy, or metallic, or dingy, as are too many blues and lavenders.

The stove, with its perspective all awry, was tame and precise, and in colour as dingy as mire.

The writing was cramped and blotted and the paper cheap and dingy.

And the dingy, in that position, was not safe to face a blow.

WORD ORIGIN

1736, Kentish dialect, "dirty," of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. The noun dinge (1816) is a back-formation.

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