\ 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



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 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 In the series, Eve Googles the term after her friend jokingly calls her the same name, which leads her to the internet’s iceberg tip of online smut. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Porn Infiltrates Suburbia in Mrs. Fletcher," 28 Oct. 2019 During an opening preview, there were tacos filled with saucy birria and others laced with crispy cheese, huitlacoche (corn smut) and mushrooms ($13 for three). Janelle Bitker,, "Nido’s Backyard opens with mezcal, Tequila and Mexican fare in Oakland," 10 Sep. 2019 The idea was that open Internet platforms where smut prevailed seemed to enjoy more protection in law than those entrepreneurial outfits that wanted to create family-friendly zones. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Is Facebook?," 25 June 2019 Nevada's notorious Sheri's Ranch has kitted out the room with smart home tech, letting punters create their own smut films using voice-control. Fox News, "Nevada brothel lets Amazon's Alexa turn you into a pornstar," 21 Aug. 2018 There are so many of us who make fanart of our favorite fics, and a lot of the time that involves smut. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of smut


1587, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smut

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


\ 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


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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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