\ 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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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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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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19 May 2022

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“Dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirt. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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\ 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 shoes covered in dirt

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