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.
Recent Examples of dirt from the Web
Dirt floors, cacti, and pastel school chairs set the scene for smoky meats (carne asada, al pastor, chicken) cooked over a wood fire and served Norteño style in flour tortillas.
Just across the street was a dirt lot scheduled to become a new affordable-housing development.
Since my last visit in May, new fencing has been installed along the north side of the project and more dirt work has been done around some of the ramp areas under construction.
The first shovelfuls of dirt were tossed Wednesday morning on a $15 million, one-and-a-half to two-year project to build a reservoir to store a backup water supply for the Town of Bel Air.
In the D.C. region last week, nearly a hundred dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles choked traffic in downtown Washington and the National Harbor.
Construction on the facility began during the spring, though the site appeared as no more than a dirt pit for several months.
Esteban Benito, president of the local residents’ group, which has denounced the dirt, noise and large crowds gathered outside bars that accompany the annual festival.
The occupants pile out; grab chisels, brooms, and chalk; and, after a quick survey of the area, start carving through a layer of hard-packed dirt.
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Origin and Etymology of dirt
Middle English drit, from Old Norse; akin to Old English drītan to defecate
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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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
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