Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To make foul of filthy; to dirty.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English, variant of drit, excrement, filth, mud, from Old Norse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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  • The dear and precious living substance that is formed upon the regolith on our planet. See Dirt!, the movie. I'd be glad to be as vibrant and teeming as dirt, but might not be, so long as my remains breathe walk upon this earth.

    March 5, 2011

  • Live dirt up a side track carted is a putrid evil.

    October 18, 2008

  • '"If someone dared you to eat dirt, you could, couldn't you?" he asked condescendingly.
    'I wrinkled my nose. "I did once... on a dare," I admitted. "It wasn't so bad."' -Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

    '"I've got a jar of di-irt! I've got a jar of di-irt!"' -Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest

    February 21, 2008