American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heap of animal excrement.
- n. A foul, degraded condition or place.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heap of dung.
- n. Hence Figuratively— A mean or vile abode.
- n. Any degraded situation or condition.
- n. A man meanly born: a term of abuse.
- Sprung from the dunghill; mean; low; base.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A heap of dung.
- n. Any mean situation or condition; a vile abode.
- n. a heap of dung or refuse
- n. a foul or degraded condition
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“Rocky Mountains watered by the Columbia River. at least we did not See them untill we reached the waters of that river, nor Since we have left those mountains. they are about the Size of a well grown hen. the contour of the bird is much that of the redish brown Pheasant common to our country. the tail is proportionably as long and is composed of 18 feathers of equal length, of a uniform dark brown tiped with black. the feathers of the body are of a dark brown black and white. the black is that which most prodomonates, and white feathers are irregularly intermixed with those of the black and dark brown on every part but in greater perpotion about the neck breast and belly. this mixture gives it very much the appearance of that kind of dunghill fowl, which the henwives of our Countrey Call dommanicker. in the brest of Some of those birds the white prodominates most. they are not furnished with tufts of long feathers on the neck as other Pheasants are, but have a”
“(the school being then in the church) till it became a kind of dunghill, and so remains to this day.”
“a dark brown black and white. the black is that which most predominates, and wh [i] te feathers are irregularly intermixed with those of the black and dark brown on every part, but in greater proportion about the neck breast and belley. this mixture gives it very much the appearance of that kind of dunghill fowl which the hen-wives of our country call dommanicker”
“In purging the New Testament of its miracles and of the very notion of the Resurrection, Jefferson claimed he was separating the "diamonds" from a "dunghill.”
“This broken clock/drum says: Amazon reviewers suck, as does Amazon; they're the flies making the dunghill look lively.”
“Instead of mounting a dunghill and crowing how well we have revenged ourselves on others, we might want to offer sound and sustainable ideas of individual, economic and social justice to ensure as far as humanly possible that every person everywhere has an equal opportunity to enjoy life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Moreover, it won't work: as I noted last month, Glenn Mulcaire, whose work for the News Of The World has formed the basis for most of the recent slew of revelations, was only one of around a dozen investigators working for those who scrabble around on the dunghill that is Grubstreet.”
“He squirms on his dunghill, and like a child lost in the dark among goblins, calls to the gods that he is their younger brother, a prisoner of the quick that is destined to be as free as they -- monuments of egotism reared by the epiphenomena; dreams and the dust of dreams, that vanish when the dreamer vanishes and are no more when he is not.”
“In all this dunghill, however, there is one decent man, Frank Field.”
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