smut

verb
\ˈsmət \
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

crud, dirt, filth, grime, gunk, muck, soil

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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

Corn smut makes pale, shining, swollen galls that burst and release powdery black spores. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 But that didn't stop opponents from claiming victory against smut Thursday. YOU GUYS!!!!! Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Snapchat tried an X-rated story feature called Cosmo after Dark. It didn't go well | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Who knew reading soft-core smut could be life-changing? Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Book Club Is Basically a Nancy Meyers Movie," 18 May 2018 If necessary, destroy affected plants to keep smut from spreading. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 In fact, smut is one of the only forms of speech the government consistently regulates. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Stormy Daniels, Free Speech Warrior," 21 Mar. 2018 What started as sincere smut being read for a laugh around Morton’s kitchen table has turned into a literary adventure. Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Comedy My Dad Wrote a Porno onstage, LIVE, and uncut," 6 Mar. 2018 Short of real smut, why cover up such objects of desire? The Economist, "Living the dreamHugh Hefner died on September 27th," 5 Oct. 2017 What Playboy offered to readers went beyond smut Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "How Hugh Hefner Commercialized Sex," 28 Sep. 2017

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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 ball

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smut fungus

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The first known use of smut was in 1587

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smut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smut

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

smut

noun
\ˈsmət \

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 \

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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