Definition of filthy in English:


Syllabification: filth·y
Pronunciation: /ˈfilTHē

adjective (filthier, filthiest)

1Disgustingly dirty: a filthy hospital with no sanitation
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  • Maybe the bathrooms are even more disgustingly filthy, though.
  • But my major concern is the health service, the fact that hospitals are filthy.
  • Last Monday, after a west wind, the sea was 13° and filthy dirty.
foul, squalid, sordid, nasty, soiled, sullied;
polluted, contaminated, unhygienic, unsanitary
informal cruddy, grungy, skeevy
literary besmirched
formal feculent
unwashed, unclean, dirty, grimy, smeared, grubby, muddy, mucky, black, blackened, stained
literary begrimed
1.1Obscene and offensive: filthy language
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  • The explicit, filthy language of sexual situations coming out of their mouths was shocking.
  • Her mother was screaming filthy obscenities and it was wrong of her to do that.
  • ‘They spit, swear and use the most filthy language,’ he said.
informal blue, porn, porno, X-rated
1.2 informal Used to express one’s anger and disgust: you filthy beast
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  • An all-encompassing disgust with the whole filthy business is a way to claim your good-citizenship merit badge without earning it.
  • One night, he begins to write down how he feels about the ‘intricate, filthy, disgusting maze’ he concocted to snare her.
  • Normal people say I'm to young, much to young, that it's filthy and disgusting, but I know they think I deserve it deep down.
despicable, contemptible, nasty, low, base, mean, vile, obnoxious
informal dirty (rotten), lowdown, no-good
1.3(Of a mood) bad-tempered and aggressive: he arrived at the meeting half an hour late in a filthy temper
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  • And like your mother, you're beautiful, but you have a filthy temper.
  • Then again, it's got nothing to do with the gods when you've got a filthy temper, and that I certainly have.
  • On the morning of my last day at home, my father came bursting into my room in a particularly filthy temper.
1.4British informal (Of weather) very unpleasant: it looked like a filthy night
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  • In contrast, the weather was filthy, however, and the driving rain was no aid to good kicking, particularly as Eden were without regular goal-kicker Rick Heron.
  • Earlier, an MCA spokesman said: ‘The weather is filthy and anything we do is likely to be dictated by the weather.’
  • They face it every week, pitting themselves against tortuous terrain and filthy weather, recovering the fells' casualties without pay or team funding.


[as submodifier] informal Back to top  
To an extreme and often disgusting extent: he has become filthy rich
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  • That makes it all the more depressing, for one would have hoped that someone who came up the hard way would know that the filthy rich don't deserve special favors.
  • If it wasn't for the fact that he's filthy rich, and can afford paid staff, I suspect he himself might find it difficult to find a job in this high-tech world.
  • They've found many new and innovative ways to become filthy rich with very little work, but they don't keep it to themselves.



Pronunciation: /ˈfilTHəlē/
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  • Do you all talk that filthily at your company?
  • He ends up with some of his fellow trainees, secretly filmed, being filthily racist in their language, their fantasies and their behaviour.
  • Don't sulk and get in a filthily bad temper unless you've got an audience to notice this change in mood, and at least one person who will bravely ask you what's wrong.


Pronunciation: /ˈfilTHēnəs/
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  • Those statements have, in every case, been allegations of fact - illness, madness, filthiness or defilement.
  • The dirt and the filthiness of the city and its open drains nauseate her.
  • You could smell his filthiness a long way away.

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