noun Etymology: Middle English drit, from Old Norse; akin to Old English drītan to defecate Date: 13th century 1. a. excrement b. a filthy or soiling substance (as mud, dust, or grime) c. archaic something worthless d. a contemptible person <
treated me like dirt
2. loose or packed soil or sand ; earth <
a mound of dirt
a dirt road
3. a. an abject or filthy state ; squalor <
living in dirt
b. corruption, chicanery <
vowed to clean up the dirt in the city government
c. licentiousness of language or theme d. scandalous or malicious gossip <
spreading dirt about his ex-wife
e. embarrassing or incriminating information <
trying to dig up dirt on her political rivals

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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