American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Foul or dirty matter.
- n. Disgusting garbage or refuse.
- n. A dirty or corrupt condition; foulness.
- n. Something, such as language or printed matter, considered obscene, prurient, or immoral.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anything that soils or defiles; foul, offensive matter; also, the state of being defiled; a foul condition; squalor; nastiness.
- n. Anything that sullies or befouls the moral character; pollution; defilement.
- n. Figuratively, a low or foul fellow; a wretch.
- n. Synonyms Impurity, grossness, obscenity.
- n. dirt
- n. smut
- n. UK, pejorative, slang the police
- n. US, agriculture, dated weeds growing on pasture land
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; nastiness.
- n. Anything that sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution.
- n. any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant
- n. a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse
- n. the state of being covered with unclean things
- n. an offensive or indecent word or phrase
- From Middle English filth, from Old English fȳlþ ("foulness, filth"), from Proto-Germanic *fūliþō (“foulness, filth”), from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz (“foul, corrupt, dirty, vile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pū- (“rottenness, pus”), equivalent to foul + -th. More at foul. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English fȳlth; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even the cockroach, which lives on what we call filth, spends the greater part of its time in the cultivation of personal cleanliness.”
“The homeowners association for Nashville's Windsor Towers filed suit and won its case in trial court after describing, with records presented in court, what they characterized as filth and hoarding in the owner's first-floor unit.”
“Their use of the word "filth" should be a stark warning to anyone who thinks these people can be reasoned with.”
“She's mad about what she calls filth: a health hazard piling up in her backyard at the Homestead Gardens subdivision.”
“The TAWK program aims at raising awareness of animal rights, animal cruelty, dog animal rescue operation in San Rafael, after inspectors found what they called filth that demonstrated "weeks if not months of improper cleaning protocols.”
“The dogs, mainly animal rescue operation in San Rafael, after inspectors found what they called filth that demonstrated "weeks if not months of improper cleaning protocols.”
“But when seemingly useless possessions and even rotten food pile up, blocking exits and filling beds, sofas, sinks and bathtubs, animal rescue operation in San Rafael, after inspectors found what they called filth that demonstrated "weeks if not months of improper cleaning protocols.”
“The reality is, you are knee deep in filth on the sinking barge that is the Republican Fascist XianFundie scow.”
“Mr. COLTON: Right, this was after he got released, where sanitation and cleanliness became, you know, so important to him because he lived, you know, in filth for so long and wasn't allowed to take a shower.”
“Really too bad that the filth from the disaster could threaten the coastline and wildlife.”
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