: a filthy or soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime)
archaic : something worthless
: a contemptible person
treated me like dirt
: loose or packed soil or sand : earth
a mound of dirt
a dirt road
: an abject or filthy state : squalor
living in dirt
: corruption, chicanery
vowed to clean up the dirt in the city government
: licentiousness of language or theme
: scandalous or malicious gossip
spreading dirt about his ex-wife
: 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.
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Word History


Middle English drit, from Old Norse; akin to Old English drītan to defecate

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirt was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirt. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a filthy or soiling substance (as mud, dust, or grime)
: loose or packed earth : soil
a mound of dirt
: indecent language : obscenity
: harmful gossip
stop spreading dirt about him

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