Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A particle of dirt.
  • n. A smudge made by soot, smoke, or dirt.
  • n. Obscenity in speech or writing.
  • n. Pornography.
  • n. Any of various plant diseases, especially of cereal grasses, caused by parasitic fungi of the order Ustilaginales that form black powdery masses of spores on the affected parts.
  • n. A fungus causing such a disease.
  • transitive v. To blacken or smudge, as with smoke or grime.
  • transitive v. To affect (a plant) with smut.
  • transitive v. To free (grain, for example) from smut.
  • transitive v. To make obscene.
  • intransitive v. To emit smut.
  • intransitive v. To be or become blackened or smudged.
  • intransitive v. To become affected with smut, as a plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Soot.
  • n. Sexually vulgar material; something that is sexual in a dirty way; pornographic material.
  • n. A promiscuous, classless woman.
  • n. Any of a range of fungi, mostly Ustilaginomycetes, that cause plant disease in grasses, including cereal crops; the disease so caused.
  • v. To stain (or be stained) with soot etc.
  • v. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Foul matter, like soot or coal dust; also, a spot or soil made by such matter.
  • n. Bad, soft coal, containing much earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults.
  • n. An affection of cereal grains producing a swelling which is at length resolved into a powdery sooty mass. It is caused by parasitic fungi of the genus Ustilago. Ustilago segetum, or U. Carbo, is the commonest kind; that of Indian corn is Ustilago maydis.
  • n. Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity.
  • intransitive v. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted.
  • intransitive v. To give off smut; to crock.
  • transitive v. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance.
  • transitive v. To taint with mildew, as grain.
  • transitive v. To blacken; to sully or taint; to tarnish.
  • transitive v. To clear of smut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stain or mark with smut; blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance.
  • To affect with the disease called smut; mildew.
  • Figuratively, to tarnish; defile; make impure; blacken.
  • To make obscene.
  • To gather smut; be converted into smut.
  • To give off smut; crock.
  • In leather manufacturing, to go over (the blacked side of a hide or skin) with a woolen cloth to remove dirt and improve the appearance of the blacking.
  • n. A spot made with soot, coal, or the like; also, the fouling matter itself.
  • n. Obscene or filthy language.
  • n. A fungous disease of plants, affecting especially the cereal plants, to many of which it is exceedingly destructive.
  • n. Earthy, worthless coal, such as is often found at the outcrop of a seam. In Pennsylvania also called black-dirt, blossom, and crop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an offensive or indecent word or phrase
  • n. any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
  • n. creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  • n. a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
  • v. become affected with smut
  • v. affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
  • n. destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
  • v. make obscene
  • v. stain with a dirty substance, such as soot

Etymologies

From Middle English smotten, smutten, to defile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Middle English, related to German verb schmutzen (to make dirty) (Wiktionary)

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