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dingy (adj) dark, dirty, and in bad condition.
A dingy room is dark, dirty, and unpleasant. Dingy curtains are dirty. A dingy hotel is a hotel with dark, dirty rooms, all in a bad condition. So is a dingy street in a slum, dirty and unpleasant. In the olden days prison cells were dingy, that is, they were dark, dirty, and even damp.
- Oliver Goldsmith, the celebrated master prose writer of the 18th century, spent a good part of his life in the dingy rooms in the dingy back streets of London. One wonders how he could write such great prose, living in such dark and dirty streets.
- The dingy prison cell with its dark and dirty condition could not tame the prisoner's spirit and his passion for liberty.