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

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 The prized delicacy can be found on tostadas at Tumerico in Tucson, where where the restaurant also sells the corn smut in jars. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 An upstart feminist starts a revolutionary magazine after partnering with a publisher who specializes in smut in the new trailer for the upcoming HBO Max series, Minx, premiering on March 17. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2022 Spicy BookTok is the sister kingdom to the smut queens of Bookstagram. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2022 The upshot seems both obvious and hard to argue with: In a society with so much to answer for, so much real indecency and genuine cause for moral outrage, why the uproar over a few minutes of amateur smut? Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 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, 27 Feb. 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, 27 Feb. 2020 The grill turned a Caesar salad into a dank brown and green mess unrecognizable as a Caesar or a salad, and a stiff, dry rabbit roulade came with a huitlacoche custard that sapped its namesake of its corn-smut funkiness. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 Beyond smut peddling, Mr. Flynt presented a multilayered and sometimes unexpected public persona. Paul W. Valentine, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for smut

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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