smut

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English, related to German verb schmutzen (to make dirty)

Noun[edit]

smut (countable and uncountable, plural smuts)

  1. (uncountable) Soot.
  2. (uncountable) Sexually vulgar material; something that is sexual in a dirty way; pornographic material.
  3. (uncountable) Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity.
    • Addison
      He does not stand upon decency [] but will talk smut, though a priest and his mother be in the room.
  4. (derogatory) A promiscuous woman.
  5. Any of a range of fungi, mostly Ustilaginomycetes, that cause plant disease in grasses, including cereal crops; the disease so caused.
  6. (mining) Bad, soft coal containing earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults.

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  • (soot): filth
  • (sexually vulgar or pornographic material): filth
  • (promiscuous woman): slut

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Verb[edit]

smut (third-person singular simple present smuts, present participle smutting, simple past and past participle smutted)

  1. To stain (or be stained) with soot etc.
  2. (intransitive) To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)
  3. To taint (grain, etc.) with the smut fungus.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  4. To clear of the smut fungus.
    to smut grain for the mill

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Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

smut m (genitive smuit, nominative plural smuit)

  1. stump; short piece; portion
  2. snout
  3. (zoology) rostrum
  4. sulky expression, huff

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Verb[edit]

smut (present analytic smutann, future analytic smutfaidh, verbal noun smutadh, past participle smuta)

  1. to truncate, shorten

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