dirt

noun
\ ˈdərt How to pronounce dirt (audio) \

Definition of dirt

b : a filthy or soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime)
c archaic : something worthless
d : 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 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Just because there's no visible dirt doesn't mean it's not covered in microbes and potentially harmful pathogens. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Wash Fruit and Vegetables So They’re as Clean as Possible," 3 Apr. 2020 Rinse your produce before peeling to ensure that no dirt or bacteria transfer from the knife or peeler onto the fruit or vegetable. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "Grocery Safety 101: How to Stay Safe and Sanitize Your Groceries," 3 Apr. 2020 Some soul has dirt on it, but this had dust — his music floated and held you with a few fingers on a keyboard or an acoustic guitar. Rj Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Bill Withers’ 10 greatest songs," 3 Apr. 2020 That tooth would be linked to a find two years later when two students, Amber Jaeger and Eunice Lalunio, moved some loose rocks and dirt from one corner of the cave. New York Times, "Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa," 2 Apr. 2020 For weeks, Robbi has been making his way up and down the hilly dirt paths that crisscross a huge refugee camp in Bangladesh, lugging with him a box filled with small supply kits containing gloves, soap, and sanitizing liquid to donate to families. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "The Threat Refugees Can’t Escape," 2 Apr. 2020 Dawkins provides no dirt that could have brought him a plea bargain. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "HBO college basketball corruption documentary leaves Rick Pitino largely unscathed," 1 Apr. 2020 With a bagless, self-emptying base that can hold up to 30 days of dirt and debris, combined with an unbeatable suction power for carpets and hard floors, this model gives you a top of the line feel. Popular Science, "Robot vacuums to completely replace your handheld device," 1 Apr. 2020 Pay particular attention to any dirt or leaves stuck down in the control joints or expansion joints, if the patio has any. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Restore a Concrete Patio," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dirt

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dirt

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

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The first known use of dirt was in the 13th century

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8 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirt. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for dirt

dirt

noun
How to pronounce dirt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dirt

: loose earth or soil
: a substance (such as mud or dust) that makes things unclean
informal : a person or thing that has no value

dirt

noun
\ ˈdərt How to pronounce dirt (audio) \

Kids Definition of dirt

1 : soil entry 2 sense 1 She packed dirt around the plant.
2 : a substance (as mud or dust) that makes things unclean Wipe the dirt off your face.

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