Dirt definition

dûrt
One that is mean, contemptible, or vile.
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Earth or garden soil.
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Unethical behavior or practice; corruption.
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Material, such as gravel or slag, from which metal is extracted in mining.
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A filthy or soiling substance, such as mud or dust.
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Excrement.
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Obscene language or subject matter.
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Malicious or scandalous gossip.
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Any unclean or soiling matter, as mud, dust, dung, trash, etc.; filth.
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Malicious talk or gossip.
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(mining) The gravel, soil, etc. from which gold is separated by washing or panning.
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Having a surface of compacted earth.

A dirt road.

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A stain or spot (on clothes etc); any foreign substance that worsens appearance.
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Previously unknown facts, or the invented "facts," about a person; gossip.

The reporter uncovered the dirt on the businessman by going undercover.

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(rare) To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty.
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(Ireland) Deposit Interest Retention Tax.
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Earth or soil.
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A squalid or filthy condition.
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Information that embarrasses or accuses.
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Anything common, filthy, or contemptible.
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Dirtiness, nastiness, corruption, etc.
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Obscene writing, speech, etc.; pornography.
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do someone dirt
  • to do harm to someone, as by deception or malicious gossip
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hit the dirt
  • to drop to the ground
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of dirt - durt

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do someone dirt

Origin of dirt

  • Middle English variant of drit excrement, filth, mud from Old Norse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English drit (“excrement”), probably from Old Norse drit (“exrement”), from Proto-Germanic *dritą, *dritō (“excrement”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreyd-, *treydʰ- (“to have diarrhea”). Cognate with Norwegian dritt (“excrement”), Icelandic drit (“bird exrement”), Dutch drijten (“to defecate”), drits (“dirt, mud, filth”) and dreet (“excrement”), regional German Driss (“shit”), Old English ġedrītan (“to defecate”), Albanian ndyrë (“dirty, filthy”).

    From Wiktionary