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.
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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