dirt

noun
\ ˈdərt How to pronounce dirt (audio) \

Definition of dirt

1a : excrement
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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Synonyms for dirt

Synonyms

clod, earth, ground, mold, soil

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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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Lotion, soaps, and everyday dust and dirt are just a few things that can clog jewelry settings and make stones, chains and pearls appear dull and lifeless. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 The 35-year-old father and his extended family of 23 people initially slept on blankets spread over the orchard’s dirt until strangers in the nearby town of Sarmada offered them two free rooms on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Thousands of Syrians Flee Regime Attacks as Ramadan Gets Under Way," 7 May 2019 Remove aloe plant from current pot. Gently brush off excess dirt from roots. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Grow Your Own Aloe Plant in Time for Summer," 6 May 2019 That said, the simple act of putting something on your face and then washing it off will likely take some oil and dirt with it and may even exfoliate the skin a bit, leaving you with cleaner and smoother skin regardless. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can Any Skin-Care Products Actually 'Detox' Your Face?," 3 May 2019 The 1987 Buick Grand National was one of the brawniest cars of its day, the kind that any American muscle enthusiast would have given their right foot for the chance to drive into the dirt. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1987 Buick Grand National parked since 1991 up for auction with 74 miles on it," 25 Sep. 2018 The city’s most influential arts programmers are simultaneously big-game hunters, flying from Edinburgh to Paris to Santiago in search of the best work, and truffle hounds, digging into the Southland dirt. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Venues and Programmers Have Turned L.A. Into a World-Class Performing Arts Town," 13 June 2018 Office talk died down soon enough, and the only sounds were the wind rippling through still-young corn stalks and the thunk-slide repetition of spades being thrust into dirt. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "In Chesco, volunteer farmers grow food for neighbors in need," 5 June 2018 Bumgarner pounded his bat into the dirt before retreating to the dugout, and the sound of impact could be heard throughout the yard. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Giants: No complaints about Madison Bumgarner’s sharp comeback," 5 June 2018

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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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dirt

noun

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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