Definitions for sordidˈsɔr dɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sor•didˈsɔr dɪd(adj.)

  1. morally ignoble or base; vile.

  2. meanly selfish or mercenary.

  3. filthy; squalid.

Origin of sordid:

1590–1600; < L sordidus=sord(ēs) dirt +-idus -id4


Princeton's WordNet

  1. seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalid(adj)

    morally degraded

    "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal"

  2. dirty, sordid(adj)

    unethical or dishonest

    "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign"

  3. flyblown, squalid, sordid(adj)

    foul and run-down and repulsive

    "a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"

  4. sordid(adj)

    meanly avaricious and mercenary

    "sordid avarice"; "sordid material interests"


  1. sordid(Adjective)

    Dirty or squalid.

  2. sordid(Adjective)

    Morally degrading.

  3. sordid(Adjective)


  4. Origin: sordidus, from sordere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sordid(adj)

    filthy; foul; dirty

  2. Sordid(adj)

    vile; base; gross; mean; as, vulgar, sordid mortals

  3. Sordid(adj)

    meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly

Anagrams of sordid

  1. dorids, 'droids, droids

  2. Droids

Translations for sordid

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a place etc) dirty, mean and poor

a very sordid neighbourhood.

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