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dirt

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noun \ˈdərt\

Simple Definition of dirt

  • : loose earth or soil

  • : a substance (such as mud or dust) that makes things unclean

  • : a person or thing that has no value

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dirt

  1. 1 a :  excrement b :  a filthy or soiling substance (as mud, dust, or grime) c archaic :  something worthless d :  a contemptible person <treated me like dirt>

  2. 2 :  loose or packed soil or sand :  earth <a mound of dirt> <a dirt road>

  3. 3 a :  an abject or filthy state :  squalor <living in dirt> b :  corruption, chicanery <vowed to clean up the dirt in the city government> c :  licentiousness of language or theme d :  scandalous or malicious gossip <spreading dirt about his ex-wife> e :  embarrassing or incriminating information <trying to dig up dirt on her political rivals>

Examples of dirt in a sentence

  1. Pack dirt loosely around the base of the plant.

  2. You've got some dirt on your face.

  3. Their shoes were covered with dirt.

  4. No amount of cleaning will get rid of all this dirt.



Origin and Etymology of dirt

Middle English drit, from Old Norse; akin to Old English drītan to defecate


First Known Use: 13th century



DIRT Defined for Kids

dirt

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noun \ˈdərt\

Definition of dirt for Students

  1. 1 :  2soil 1 <She packed dirt around the plant.>

  2. 2 :  a substance (as mud or dust) that makes things unclean <Wipe the dirt off your face.>





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