smut

verb
\ ˈsmət How to pronounce smut (audio) \
smutted; smutting

Definition of smut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to stain or taint with smut
2 : to affect (a crop or plant) with smut

intransitive verb

: to become affected by smut

smut

noun

Definition of smut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : matter that soils or blackens specifically : a particle of soot
2 : any of various destructive diseases especially of cereal grasses caused by parasitic basidiomycetous fungi (order Ustilaginales) and marked by transformation of plant parts into dark masses of spores also : a fungus causing a smut
3 : obscene language or matter

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Synonyms for smut

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of smut in a Sentence

Noun Smut is not allowed in this house. obscenity laws that aimed to stamp out smut
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beyond smut peddling, Mr. Flynt presented a multilayered and sometimes unexpected public persona. Paul W. Valentine, BostonGlobe.com, "Larry Flynt, pornographer and self-styled First Amendment champion, dies at 78," 10 Feb. 2021 Choosing biblical subjects allowed Gentileschi to repel charges of smut. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?," 10 Jan. 2021 But this anthology is more subversive than a satisfying soupçon of smut. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: November romances bring mischief, star-crossed lovers, and hot dukes," 4 Dec. 2020 Most of the reading was of a higher quality than smut however. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Even as they desperately fled death, Arctic explorers carried books. This new volume examines what they were reading.," 26 Sep. 2020 The British hosts' deadpan commentary on this singularly unsexy smut is liable to draw actual tears of laughter. Emma Dibdin New York Times, Star Tribune, "Podcasts offer comedy fans laughs with Hollywood on hiatus," 2 Aug. 2020 This phrase is applied to newspapers which delight in sensations, crime, scandal, smut, funny pictures, caricatures and malicious or frivolous gossip about persons and things of no public concern. Nicholas Lemann, The New York Review of Books, "Can Journalism Be Saved?," 11 Feb. 2020 At the same time, events indicate that Brendan’s lifelong easy access to smut has left him with some disgraceful notions about women and intimacy. New York Times, "Making ‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Arguing. Futzing. Spanking. Agreeing.," 25 Oct. 2019 The latter features that elusive ingredient known as Mexican truffle or - more graphically - corn smut. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Blue Habanero opens world of tacos and more: Dining review (photos)," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of smut

Verb

1587, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for smut

Verb

probably alteration of earlier smot to stain, from Middle English smotten; akin to Middle High German smutzen to stain

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“Smut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smut. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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smut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smut

informal + disapproving : language, pictures, or stories that deal with sex in a way that is offensive

smut

noun
\ ˈsmət How to pronounce smut (audio) \

Kids Definition of smut

1 : something (as a particle of soot) that soils or blackens
2 : a destructive disease of plants (as cereal grasses) that is caused by a fungus
3 : a fungus that causes smut

smut

noun
\ ˈsmət How to pronounce smut (audio) \

Medical Definition of smut

: any of various destructive diseases especially of cereal grasses caused by parasitic fungi (order Ustilaginales) also : a fungus causing a smut

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