\ 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 Eight years later, the Baykeeper took legal action against the Alabama Department of Transportation after construction caused mud and dirt to fill Big Creek Lake. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Trump targets another environmental regulation; it could hurt Alabama, say experts," 11 Jan. 2020 Be gentle and rinse the cloth regularly to avoid spreading dirt or stains around. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "Here's How To Clean Leather, Whether it's a Couch, a Purse, or Something Else," 10 Jan. 2020 The Giants replace their Oracle Park infield every year, and Elliott decided to donate the old version, delivering tons of the precious dirt to Smith Field and the Seagulls’ park. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "For Giants and A’s, offseason image matters," 10 Jan. 2020 These will remove any leftover dirt while treating your skin with acne-fighting salicylic acid. Christa Joanna Lee, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Acne: 21 Skin Care Tips from Dermatologists," 9 Jan. 2020 The undersides of his white sport socks were grimy with dirt. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Directions were printed alongside key mileage points like spokes on a wheel, describing road surfaces (paved or dirt), intersections, and rail crossings. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Step 4: Inspect the back of the watch and look for any dirt or debris. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Waterproof a Watch in 10 Easy Steps," 5 Jan. 2020 If landing geese hit the dirt and start feeding right away, that’s a plus. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Fooling Late-Season Canada Geese," 2 Jan. 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dirt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirt. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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


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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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