any foul or filthy substance, as mud, grime, dust, or excrement.
earth or soil, especially when loose.
something or someone vile, mean, or worthless: After that last outburst of hers I thought she was dirt.
moral filth; vileness; corruption.
obscene or lewd language: to talk dirt.
Informal. gossip, especially of a malicious, lurid, or scandalous nature: Tell me all the latest dirt.
private or personal information which if made public would create a scandal or ruin the reputation of a person, company, etc.
crude, broken ore or waste.
(in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.
do (someone) dirt. dirty ( def 18 ).
eat dirt, Informal. to accept blame, guilt, criticism, or insults without complaint; humble or abase oneself: The prosecutor seemed determined to make the defendant eat dirt.

1250–1300; Middle English dirt, drit; cognate with Old Norse drit excrement; compare Old English drītan

6. scandal, slander, rumor, scuttlebutt.
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dirt (dɜːt)
1.  any unclean substance, such as mud, dust, excrement, etc; filth
2.  loose earth; soil
3.  a.  packed earth, gravel, cinders, etc, used to make a racetrack
 b.  (as modifier): a dirt track
4.  mining the gravel or soil from which minerals are extracted
5.  a person or thing regarded as worthless
6.  obscene or indecent speech or writing
7.  slang gossip; scandalous information
8.  moral corruption
9.  slang do someone dirt to do something vicious to someone
10.  informal dish the dirt to spread malicious gossip
11.  slang eat dirt to accept insult without complaining
12.  treat someone like dirt to have no respect or consideration for someone
[C13: from Old Norse drit excrement; related to Middle Dutch drēte]

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Word Origin & History

15c. metathesis of M.E. drit, drytt "mud, dirt, dung" (c.1300), from O.N. drit, cognate with O.E. dritan, from P.Gmc. *dritanan. Meaning "gossip" first attested 1926 (in Hemingway); dirt bike is 1960s. Dirt-cheap is from 1821.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with dirt, also see dig up (dirt); dish the dirt; eat crow (dirt); hit the deck (dirt); pay dirt; treat like dirt. Also see under dirty.

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Example sentences
The liquid drops take small particles of dirt and grime with them.
Covetousness is never satisfied until its mouth is filled with dirt.
Let him be a standing exhibition and example of ugliness and dirt.
Dirt does not survive long, once within the walls of the lodging-house.
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