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British English: /ˈdəːti/
American English: /ˈdərdi/

Translation of dirty in French:


  • 1 (messy, soiled)
    (face, clothing, dish, carpet, mark, nappy, car, street, beach)
    (work, job)
    to get dirty
    se salir
    to get ou make something dirty
    salir quelque chose
    to get one's hands dirty [figurative]
  • 2 (Medicine) (not sterile)
    qui a déjà servi
  • 3 [informal] (obscene)
    (book, joke, idea, word)
    cochon/-onne [informal]
    mal tourné
    to have a dirty mind
    ne penser qu'à ça [informal]
  • 4 (unhygienic, disgusting)
    (habit, child)
    you dirty pig [informal]!
    cochon/-onne! m/f [informal]
  • 5 [informal] (dishonest)
    (contest, election, fighter, player)
    (cheat, liar, rascal)
    sale (before n)
    you dirty rat!
    sale type! [informal]
    that was a dirty trick
    c'était un sale coup
    it's a dirty business
    c'est une affaire louche
  • 6
    sale, terne
    dirty green/white
    vert/blanc sale or terne
  • 7 (stormy)
    (weather, night)
    sale [informal] (before n)


  • 1 (dishonestly) to play ou fight dirty
    donner des coups en traître
  • 2 (obscenely) to think dirty
    avoir des pensées obscènes
  • 3 (as intensifier) a dirty great dog
    un chien vachement gros [informal]

transitive verb

  • [literal] [figurative]
    salir (carpet, nappy)
    to dirty one's hands doing [figurative]
    se salir les mains en faisant


his name seems to be a dirty word around here

son nom semble être un mot tabou ici

to do the dirty on

faire une crasse à [informal]

to give somebody a dirty look

regarder quelqu'un d'un sale œil

to send somebody to do one's dirty work

faire faire le sale boulot à quelqu'un [informal]

do your own dirty work [informal]!

fais ton sale boulot toi-même [informal]
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