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From smut +‎ -y. Related to German schmutzig (filthy, dirty, smutty).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsmʌti/
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smutty (comparative smuttier, superlative smuttiest)

  1. Soiled with smut; blackened, dirty.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage, published 1993, page 62:
      She caught up the corner of her skirt and lifted the smutty coffee-pot from the stove.
  2. Obscene, indecent.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC:
      Episode 12, The Cyclops
      And what was it only one of the smutty yankee pictures Terry borrows off of Corny Kelleher. Secrets for enlarging your private parts.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, chapter XI, in Capricornia[1], New York: D. Appleton-Century, published 1943, page 178:
      Prayter said with a smile to the faces looking down, "Rilly—this train's a joke, isn't it!"
      A wag yelled, "Yes—a smutty one!"
      With raucous laughter in his ears, the parson turned and looked for Lace, feeling rather lonely.
    • 1961 November 10, Joseph Heller, “The Eternal City”, in Catch-22 [], New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, →OCLC, page 433:
      Aarfy's buxom trollop had vanished with her smutty cameo ring, and Nurse Duckett was ashamed of him because he had refused to fly more combat missions and would cause a scandal.
  3. Affected with the smut fungus.

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smutty (third-person singular simple present smutties, present participle smuttying, simple past and past participle smuttied)

  1. (transitive) To make dirty; to soil.
    • 1870 September 1, “Episodes in an Obscure Life”, in The Sunday Magazine, page 713:
      [] but went on smuttying her face and fingers at her little table, so littered with powder and blue and whitey-brown serpent cases that it looked like a Lilliputian arsenal.