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dingy (adj.)

1736, in Kentish dialect, "dirty, foul," a word of uncertain origin, but perhaps related to dung. Meaning "soiled, tarnished, having a dull, brownish color" (from grime or weathering) is by 1751; hence "shabby, shady, drab" (by 1855). The noun dinge "dinginess" (1816) is a back-formation; as a derogatory word for "black person, Negro," by 1848. Related: Dingily; dinginess.

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Definitions of dingy from WordNet

dingy (adj.)
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot;
dingy linen
Synonyms: begrimed / grimy / grubby / grungy / raunchy
dingy (adj.)
(of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; "dirty" is often used in combination;
a dirty (or dingy) white
Synonyms: dirty / muddied / muddy
dingy (adj.)
causing dejection;
Synonyms: blue / dark / disconsolate / dismal / gloomy / grim / sorry / drab / drear / dreary
From wordnet.princeton.edu