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Dirt (soil).

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From Middle English drit ‎(excrement), probably from Old Norse drit ‎(excrement), from Proto-Germanic *dritą, *dritō ‎(excrement), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreyd-, *treydʰ- ‎(to have diarrhea). Cognate with Norwegian dritt ‎(excrement), Icelandic drit ‎(bird excrement), Dutch drijten ‎(to defecate), drits ‎(dirt, mud, filth) and dreet ‎(excrement), Low German drieten ‎(to defecate), Driet ‎(shit), regional German Driss ‎(shit), Old English ġedrītan ‎(to defecate), Albanian ndyrë ‎(dirty, filthy).



dirt ‎(usually uncountable, plural dirts)

  1. Soil or earth.
  2. A stain or spot (on clothes etc); any foreign substance that worsens appearance.
  3. Previously unknown facts, or the invented "facts", about a person; gossip
    The reporter uncovered the dirt on the businessman by going undercover.
  4. (figuratively) Meanness; sordidness.
    • Melmoth
      honours [] thrown away upon dirt and infamy
  5. (mining) In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.

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dirt ‎(third-person singular simple present dirts, present participle dirting, simple past and past participle dirted)

  1. (transitive, rare) To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty