dirty word


: an offensive word

: a word, subject, or idea that is disliked by some people

Full Definition of DIRTY WORD

:  a word, expression, or idea that is disagreeable or unpopular in a particular frame of reference

Examples of DIRTY WORD

  1. The movie is just a lot of sex, violence, and dirty words.
  2. They regard taxes as a dirty word.
  3. The way he acts, you'd think compassion was a dirty word.

First Known Use of DIRTY WORD

circa 1774


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