dirt

noun
\ ˈdərt \

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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Suits are for people in glass towers; Carhartt jackets are for people on the ground, in the dirt. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Mostly sweat.," 6 Nov. 2018 Cut as close to the ground as possible without the risk of getting the saw in the dirt. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Max Muncy followed with a single, another run scored when Carlos Asuaje couldn’t flip cleanly to second base on Logan Forsythe’s grounder up the middle and a third crossed the plate when Hosmer couldn’t pick Galvis’ throw in the dirt to first. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lucchesi labors as Padres fall to Dodgers," 11 July 2018 Their arrowheads can still be kicked up in the dirt. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Kyle Barraclough walked the bases loaded in the ninth, but Yelich struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Offense can't rescue Peralta in extra-inning loss," 11 July 2018 Researchers have also recently found a new antibiotic by sequencing the DNA of over 2,000 microbes living in dirt. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New “Immunobiotic” Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs," 6 July 2018 Ireland loved to play outdoors, digging in the dirt and searching for frogs and butterflies, her grandmother said. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Grandma turns playhouse into memorial for granddaughters found dead in Clay County," 6 July 2018 Instead of spending his Saturdays in the dirt, this four-year-old boy is hitting the streets in a cape – to feed the homeless. Southern Living, "This Young Alabama Boy Has A Heart For The Homeless," 3 July 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 \

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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