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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

dark, dirty, and in bad condition

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Used as an adjective, listen here, it means: dark, dirty, and in bad condition. Used as a noun, listen here, it means: A small boat.

Usage examples (31)
  • Because he was only a student, all he could afford was a dingy apartment.
  • "Bless you, yes, sir," said that worthy, resplendent in dingy scarlet uniform.
  • And there was a certain dingy office in a lane-like street that was also a centre in the early eighties.
  • Among them was a man in dingy civilian clothes who was lying with his arm across his face and apparently asleep. for more
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  • The "dinge" (the state of being dull or shabby) of the harbor is as bad as the "dingy" (shabby, worn, dark, or dull) condition of the boat, but the "dinghy" (a small boat) is clean and has a bell to "ding" (to make a ringing sound).
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