smut·​ty | \ ˈsmə-tē How to pronounce smutty (audio) \
smuttier; smuttiest

Definition of smutty

1 : soiled or tainted with smut especially : affected with smut fungus
2 : obscene, indecent a smutty joke
3 : resembling smut in appearance : sooty

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Other Words from smutty

smuttily \ ˈsmə-​tə-​lē How to pronounce smuttily (audio) \ adverb
smuttiness \ ˈsmə-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce smuttiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of smutty in a Sentence

the movie was rated R because of some nude scenes and smutty dialogue a street urchin with a smutty face
Recent Examples on the Web His work — rueful, cerebral, gloriously smutty — includes trance poetry and automatic writing. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Wayne Koestenbaum’s Cerebral, Smutty Essays Playfully Disobey the Rules," 5 May 2020 Many from both parties, and the South, found Lincoln’s smutty frontier jokes and cackling enjoyment of lowbrow humor grotesquely unpresidential—never mind his uncombable hair and tendency to throw one leg over an arm of his chair. Edward Achorn, Time, "Abraham Lincoln Healed a Divided Nation. We Should Heed His Words Today.," 16 Feb. 2020 An ancient quarry near Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, for example, has offered a smutty glimpse into the lives of the Roman soldiers who built the famous fortification. Fox News, "Roman tweezers and earbud discovered near UK river," 30 Nov. 2019 If Booksmart was this year’s witty, girl-centric Superbad, then Good Boys (executive-produced, naturally, by Seth Rogen) is its smutty-sweet tween offspring: Superbrat. Leah Greenblatt,, "Tween comedy Good Boys delivers crass silliness — and some hard-R charm," 19 Aug. 2019 Outdoor equipment, smutty card games, enterprise software, and the dictionary are political. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, "Wayfair and the New Politics of Corporate Responsibility," 26 June 2019 As the title implies, there’s virtually no action — the show consists of the meandering, generally pointless, often smutty conversations that take place while the characters wait for something to happen. Mike Hale, New York Times, "This Man Doesn’t Star in Every Australian TV Show. It Just Seems That Way.," 20 Apr. 2018 Despite the notoriously awful quality of the prose in the three 50 Shades novels (titled the same as the movies) by E. L. James, the smutty subversion of feminist ideology seemed to be the main driver of their popularity. Kyle Smith, National Review, "50 Shades of Political Correctness," 31 Jan. 2018 But in the following decades, despite her fame, Behn was scorned by critics who found her writing too smutty and scandalous for a woman. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writer," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of smutty

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Smutty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smutty

informal + disapproving : relating to sex in a way that is offensive

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