Definition of dirt
1a : excrementb : a filthy or soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime)c archaic : something worthlessd : a contemptible person treated me like dirt
2 : loose or packed soil or sand : earth a mound of dirt a dirt road
3a : an abject or filthy state : squalor living in dirtb : corruption, chicanery vowed to clean up the dirt in the city governmentc : licentiousness of language or themed : scandalous or malicious gossip spreading dirt about his ex-wifee : embarrassing or incriminating information trying to dig up dirt on her political rivals
Examples of dirt in a Sentence
Pack dirt loosely around the base of the plant.
You've got some dirt on your face.
Their shoes were covered with dirt.
No amount of cleaning will get rid of all this dirt.
Recent Examples of dirt from the Web
Three pitches in, Justin Bour snagged a ground ball in the dirt and tossed it to Volquez for the out.
In police procedurals, bent cops live in fear of being called before the I.A.B., an awesomely powerful arm of the department charged with dealing with the dirt kicked up by crooked cops and questionable police practices.
Give Solarte credit for his dive across the dirt and throw from his knees to get the second out of the seventh inning and, most importantly, keep a runner at third.
In 1962, Hower captured the Missouri State Fair dirt track champion.
Claudio couldn’t field a soft comebacker to the mound and Rougned Odor’s throw to first was in the dirt to load the bases.
Last weekend’s landslide created a 40-foot (12-meter) layer of rock and dirt along the narrow, winding road.
This month, after 14 weeks of running and crawling in the dirt, Alpha Company marched onto the parade grounds in crisp dress uniforms and carefully creased berets.
Formerly, track stars dug holes for their toes in the dirt of the track to plant their feet for the start.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of dirt for English Language Learners
: loose earth or soil
: a substance (such as mud or dust) that makes things unclean
: a person or thing that has no value
DIRT Defined for Kids
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