Dirty vs Uncleanly - What's the difference?

dirty | uncleanly |

As adjectives the difference between dirty and uncleanly

is that dirty is unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime while uncleanly is dirty, unhygienic, not cleanly.

As adverbs the difference between dirty and uncleanly

is that dirty is in a dirty manner while uncleanly is not in a clean way; in an unclean way.

As a verb dirty

is to make (something) dirty.




  • Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
  • *
  • That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
  • Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
  • Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
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  • Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
  • Out of tune.
  • Of color, discolored by impurities.
  • (computing) Containing data which need to be written back to a larger memory.
  • (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
  • (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
  • Sleety; gusty; stormy.
  • * M. Arnold
  • Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
  • * (Douglas Adams),
  • Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.


    * (covered with or containing dirt) filthy, soiled, sordid, unclean, unwashed; see also * (violating accepted standards or rules) cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike * (obtained illegally or by improper means) ill-gotten * (considered morally corrupt) base, dishonest, dishonorable, filthy, despicable, lousy, mean, sordid, unethical, vile * (considered obscene or indecent) indecent, lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious * dingy, dullish, muddied, muddy


    * (covered with or containing dirt) clean * (violating accepted standards or rules) sportsmanlike * bright, pure

    Derived terms

    * dirtiness * dirty bomb * dirty code * dirty dance * dirty dancing * dirty girl * dirty grease * Dirty Harry * dirty joke * dirty laundry * dirty look * dirty magazine * dirty mouth * dirty old man * dirty rice * dirty Sanchez * dirty talk * dirty weather * dirty word * dirty work * dirty wound * do someone dirty * filthy dirty * quick-and-dirty * quick and dirty


    (en adverb)
  • In a dirty manner.
  • Synonyms

    * (in a dirty manner) deceptively, dirtily, indecently, underhandedly

    Derived terms

    * talk dirty


  • To make (something) dirty.
  • To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  • To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
  • To become soiled.
  • Synonyms

    * (to make dirty) soil, taint; see also * (to stain or tarnish with dishonor) sully



    Etymology 1

    From (un-) + (cleanly).


    (en adjective)
  • dirty, unhygienic, not cleanly
  • not pure in a moral or religious sense
  • Synonyms
    * unclean

    Etymology 2

    From (unclean) + (-ly).


    (en adverb)
  • not in a clean way; in an unclean way