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Dirty vs. Unclean — What's the Difference?

Dirty vs. Unclean — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Dirty and Unclean

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Dirty

Covered or marked with an unclean substance
A tray of dirty cups and saucers
Her boots were dirty

Unclean

Foul or dirty.

Dirty

(of an activity) dishonest; dishonourable
He had a reputation for dirty dealing

Unclean

Morally defiled.

Dirty

Concerned with sex in a lewd or obscene way
He told a stream of dirty jokes
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Unclean

Ceremonially impure.

Dirty

(of weather) rough, stormy, and unpleasant.

Unclean

Dirty, soiled or foul.

Dirty

(of a colour) not bright or pure; dull
The sea was a waste of dirty grey

Unclean

Not moral or chaste.

Dirty

Used for emphasis
A dirty great slab of stone

Unclean

Ritually or ceremonially impure or unfit.

Dirty

Make dirty
She didn't like him dirtying her nice clean towels

Unclean

Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy.

Dirty

Covered or marked with dirt or an unwanted substance; unclean.

Unclean

Ceremonially impure; needing ritual cleansing.
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

Dirty

Spreading dirt; polluting
The air near the foundry was always dirty.

Unclean

Morally impure.

Dirty

Apt to soil with dirt or grime
A dirty job at the garage.

Unclean

Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime;
Dirty unswept sidewalks
A child in dirty overalls
Dirty slums
Piles of dirty dishes
Put his dirty feet on the clean sheet
Wore an unclean shirt
Mining is a dirty job
Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves

Dirty

Contaminated with bacteria or other infectious microorganisms.

Unclean

Ritually unclean or impure;
And the swine...is unclean to you

Dirty

Squalid or filthy; run-down
Dirty slums.

Dirty

Obscene or indecent
Dirty movies.
A dirty joke.

Dirty

Lewd or lecherous
A dirty mind.

Dirty

Unethical or corrupt; sordid
Dirty politics.

Dirty

Malicious or scandalous
A dirty lie.

Dirty

Not sportsmanlike
Dirty players.
A dirty fighter.

Dirty

Acquired by illicit or improper means
Dirty money.

Dirty

(Slang) Possessing or using illegal drugs.

Dirty

Unpleasant or distasteful; thankless
Laying off workers is the dirty part of this job.

Dirty

Extremely unfortunate or regrettable
A dirty shame.

Dirty

Expressing disapproval or hostility
Gave us a dirty look.

Dirty

Not bright and clear in color; somewhat dull or drab. Often used in combination
Dirty-blonde hair.
Dirty-green walls.

Dirty

Relating to or being a bomb that uses a conventional explosive and radioactive material to contaminate an area with low-level radiation.

Dirty

Relating to or being a nuclear weapon that produces a very great amount of long-lived radioactive fallout.

Dirty

Stormy; rough
Dirty weather.

Dirty

To make soiled.

Dirty

To stain or tarnish with dishonor.

Dirty

To become soiled.

Dirty

Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
Despite a walk in the rain, my shoes weren't too dirty.

Dirty

That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
Don't put that in your mouth, dear. It's dirty.

Dirty

Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
At the reception, Uncle Nick got drunk and told dirty jokes to the bridesmaids.

Dirty

Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
He might have scored, but it was a dirty trick that won him the penalty.

Dirty

Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
I won't accept your dirty money!

Dirty

Out of tune.
You need to tune that guitar: the G string sounds dirty.

Dirty

Of color, discolored by impurities.
The old flag was a dirty white.

Dirty

(computing) Containing data needing to be written back to memory or disk.
Occasionally it reads the sector into a dirty buffer, which means it needs to sync the dirty buffer first.

Dirty

(slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
None of y'all get into my car if you're dirty.

Dirty

(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
He lives in a dirty great mansion.

Dirty

Sleety; gusty; stormy.
Dirty weather

Dirty

(slang) Of an alcoholic beverage, especially a cocktail or mixed drink: served with the juice of olives.
Dirty martini

Dirty

Of food, indulgent in an unhealthy way.
The waiter served dirty burgers to the customers.

Dirty

Spreading harmful radiation over a wide area.
A dirty explosion
A dirty bomb

Dirty

(aviation) Having the undercarriage or flaps in the down position.

Dirty

In a dirty manner.
To play dirty

Dirty

(transitive) To make (something) dirty.

Dirty

(transitive) To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.

Dirty

(transitive) To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).

Dirty

(intransitive) To become soiled.

Dirty

Defiled with dirt; foul; nasty; filthy; not clean or pure; serving to defile; as, dirty hands; dirty water; a dirty white.

Dirty

Sullied; clouded; - applied to color.

Dirty

Sordid; base; groveling; as, a dirty fellow.
The creature's at his dirty work again.

Dirty

Sleety; gusty; stormy; as, dirty weather.
Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.

Dirty

To foul; to make filthy; to soil; as, to dirty the clothes or hands.

Dirty

To tarnish; to sully; to scandalize; - said of reputation, character, etc.

Dirty

Make soiled, filthy, or dirty;
Don't soil your clothes when you play outside!

Dirty

Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime;
Dirty unswept sidewalks
A child in dirty overalls
Dirty slums
Piles of dirty dishes
Put his dirty feet on the clean sheet
Wore an unclean shirt
Mining is a dirty job
Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves

Dirty

(of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency;
Dirty words
A dirty old man
Dirty books and movies
Boys telling dirty jokes
Has a dirty mouth

Dirty

Vile; despicable;
A dirty (or lousy) trick
A filthy traitor

Dirty

Spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination;
The air near the foundry was always dirty
The air near the foundry was always dirty
A dirty bomb releases enormous amounts of long-lived radioactive fallout

Dirty

Contaminated with infecting organisms;
Dirty wounds
Obliged to go into infected rooms

Dirty

(of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear;
Dirty
A dirty (or dingy) white
The muddied gray of the sea
Muddy colors
Dirty-green walls
Dirty-blonde hair

Dirty

(of a manuscript) defaced with changes;
Foul (or dirty) copy

Dirty

Obtained illegally or by improper means;
Dirty money
Ill-gotten gains

Dirty

Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike;
Dirty looks

Dirty

Violating accepted standards or rules;
A dirty fighter
Used foul means to gain power
A nasty unsporting serve
Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior

Dirty

Unethical or dishonest;
Dirty police officers
A sordid political campaign

Dirty

Unpleasantly stormy;
There's dirty weather in the offing

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