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smut

verb \ ˈsmət \

Definition of smut

smutted; smutting
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

Origin and Etymology of smut

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


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smut

noun

Definition of smut

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

Examples of smut in a Sentence

  1. Smut is not allowed in this house.

  2. obscenity laws that aimed to stamp out smut

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First Known Use of smut

1664


SMUT Defined for English Language Learners

smut

noun

Definition of smut for English Language Learners

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


SMUT Defined for Kids

smut

noun \ ˈsmət \

Definition of smut for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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