American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Earth or soil.
- n. A filthy or soiling substance, such as mud or dust.
- n. Excrement.
- n. A squalid or filthy condition.
- n. One that is mean, contemptible, or vile.
- n. Obscene language or subject matter.
- n. Malicious or scandalous gossip.
- n. Information that embarrasses or accuses.
- n. Unethical behavior or practice; corruption.
- n. Material, such as gravel or slag, from which metal is extracted in mining.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any foul or filthy substance, as excrement, mud, mire, or pitch; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul, unclean, or offensive.
- n. Earth, especially loose earth; disintegrated soil, as in gardens; hence, any detrital or disintegrated material.
- n. Specifically In placer-mining, the detrital material (usually sand and gravel) from which the gold is separated by washing.
- n. Meanness; sordidness; baseness.
- n. Abusive or scurrilous language.
- Consisting or made of loose earth: as, a dirt road (a road not paved or macadamized).
- To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty.
- n. soil or earth
- n. A stain or spot (on clothes etc); any foreign substance that worsens appearance
- n. Previously unknown negative facts (or invented "facts") about a person, gossip
- v. transitive, rare To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth.
- n. Meanness; sordidness.
- n. In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.
- v. To make foul of filthy; to dirty.
- n. obscene terms for feces
- adj. (of roads) not leveled or drained; unsuitable for all year travel
- n. disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
- n. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
- n. the state of being covered with unclean things
- From Middle English drit ("excrement"), probably from Old Norse drit ("exrement"), from Proto-Germanic *dritan, *dritō (“excrement”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhreid-, *treidh- (“to have diarrhea”). Cognate with Norwegian dritt ("excrement"), Icelandic drit ("bird exrement"), Dutch drits ("dirt, mud, filth"), dreet ("excrement"), Old English ġedrītan ("to defecate"), Albanian ndyrë ("dirty, filthy"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, variant of drit, excrement, filth, mud, from Old Norse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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