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Syllabification: din·gy
Pronunciation: /ˈdinjē

Definition of dingy in English:

adjective (dingier, dingiest)

Gloomy and drab: a dingy room
More example sentences
  • She looked around a dingy and dirty room that contained two stalls, but no other door out.
  • The dark and dingy rooms have just one little room up a stairway, which served as a toilet and bath.
  • They are in a rather dingy room with a few Argos inspired design touches and in the presence of two young children.
gloomy, dark, dull, badly/poorly lit, murky, dim, dismal, dreary, drab, somber, grim, cheerless;
dirty, grimy, shabby, faded, worn, dowdy, seedy, run-down
informal grungy


mid 18th century: perhaps based on Old English dynge 'dung'.



Example sentences
  • I looked down at the dingily drawn American flag.
  • This was taken - despite appearances - at a lunch time concert in a rather dingily lit food court.
  • Whether your potential date sees you first in a photograph, across a speed dating table or in a dingily lit bar, you'd better be looking your best if you're out and about.


Example sentences
  • Under these circumstances both cities are at their most abstractly lovely, with the dinginess and decay invisible and human life represented only by parked cars and electric lights.
  • Mike leans back and chuckles, and everyone joins in, sipping hot, sweet coffee gratefully in the chill of the a/c, in the musty dinginess of the club before opening time.
  • The geeky mayhem is played out in scenes of deepest American dinginess: checked couches, hanging crystals, bad hair dye, dim clutter.

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