dirty word

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of dirty word

: a word, expression, or idea that is disagreeable or unpopular in a particular frame of reference

Examples of dirty word in a Sentence

  1. The movie is just a lot of sex, violence, and dirty words.

  2. They regard “taxes” as a dirty word.

  3. The way he acts, you'd think compassion was a dirty word.

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First Known Use of dirty word

circa 1774

in the meaning defined above

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DIRTY WORD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dirty word for English Language Learners

  • : an offensive word

  • : a word, subject, or idea that is disliked by some people


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