\ 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


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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Arms Runner suffered a fatal injury while crossing over the 80-foot portion of the course that is on the dirt before resuming running on the grass. . San Diego Union-Tribune, "High-priced 2-year-olds running this weekend at Del Mar," 8 Aug. 2019 Cossett burrowed into the dirt, using her rear feet like shovels, before finally depositing four eggs, all smooth, oval-shaped and blue-ish, in the nest. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "‘I love ’em to death’: Kennewick woman gives home to hundreds of neglected tortoises," 5 Aug. 2019 On the field, Stroman’s trademark skill is forcing batters to pound his sinker into the dirt, his career groundball rate falls just below 60 percent. Bradford William Davis, courant.com, "Mets close to acquiring Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman for UConn’s Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson," 29 July 2019 Her request and his fulfillment of that request would topple them both off their pedestals and drag them down into the dirt together. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "The Little King," 22 July 2019 Locastro made a beeline for the ball and dove, headfirst, catching the ball while face-palming into the dirt and then into the wall. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta set for rehab assignment with rookie-level Arizona League," 21 July 2019 Feels good to be back on dirt getting ready for the Vegas K&N race! Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "NASCAR's Hailie Deegan on her meteoric rise and dealing with Twitter haters," 13 July 2019 With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Trey Leonard, who went in to pinch run for Zeke Pinkham, attempted to reach third base after a ball was pitched into the dirt. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball survives in College World Series after Drew Campbell walk-off RBI," 20 June 2019 Television replays showed that Pomeranz clearly induced a swing and miss on a two-strike pitch to Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, but Emmel ruled that Arcia fouled the ball into the dirt behind home plate. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants playing their best baseball in 12 months, take down first-place Brewers at home," 14 June 2019

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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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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


\ 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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