smut
I. verb (smutted; smutting) Etymology: probably alteration of earlier smot to stain, from Middle English smotten; akin to Middle High German smutzen to stain Date: 1587 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 II. noun Date: 1664 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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  • Smut — Smut, n. [Akin to Sw. smuts, Dan. smuds, MHG. smuz, G. schmutz, D. smet a spot or stain, smoddig, smodsig, smodderig, dirty, smodderen to smut; and probably to E. smite. See {Smite}, v. t., and cf. {Smitt}, {Smutch}.] 1. Foul matter, like soot or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — Smut, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smutted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smutting}.] 1. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance. [1913 Webster] 2. To taint with mildew, as grain. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. To blacken; to sully …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — Smut, v. i. 1. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To give off smut; to crock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — may refer to: * Smut (fungus), a group of plant parasitic fungi * Smut (comics), an adult British comic title dating back to the 1980s * A colloquial term for obscenity * A colloquial term for pornography * Smut (song), satirical song on… …   Wikipedia

  • smut — /smut/, n., v., smutted, smutting. n. 1. a particle of soot; sooty matter. 2. a black or dirty mark; smudge. 3. indecent language or publications; obscenity. 4. Plant Pathol. a. a disease of plants, esp. cereal grasses, characterized by the… …   Universalium

  • smut — smut; smut·ter; smut·ti·ly; smut·ti·ness; smut·ty; …   English syllables

  • smut — [smut] n. [< or akin to LowG smutt, akin to Ger schmutz, dirt < IE * (s)meud < base * meu , wet, musty > MUD, MOSS] 1. a) sooty matter b) a particle of this 2. a mark made by something dirty; soiled spot …   English World dictionary

  • smut — sb., tet, smut, tene; slå et smut forbi; slå smut …   Dansk ordbog

  • smut — [smʌt] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from smot dirty mark (16 19 centuries)] 1.) [U] books, stories, talk etc that offend some people because they are about sex ▪ I won t have smut like that in my house! 2.) [U and C] dirt or ↑soot (=black… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smut — [n] pornography adult material, adult movie, bawdiness, dirt, dirty movie, erotica, filth, girlie magazine, hard core pornography, indecency, indecent material, obscene materials, obscenity, porn, porno, porno film, sexploitation, sexually… …   New thesaurus

  • smut — ► NOUN 1) a small flake of soot or dirt. 2) indecent or obscene talk, writing, or pictures. 3) a disease of cereals caused by a fungus, in which parts of the ear change to black powder. ► VERB (smutted, smutting) 1) mark with smuts. 2) …   English terms dictionary

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