- to make unclean, dirty, or filthy, especially on the surface: to soil one's clothes.
- to smirch, smudge, or stain: The ink soiled his hands.
- to sully or tarnish, as with disgrace; defile morally: to soil one's good name.
- to become soiled: White soils easily.
- the act or fact of soiling.
- the state of being soiled.
- a spot, mark, or stain.
- dirty or foul matter; filth; sewage.
- ordure; manure.
Origin of soil2
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- to feed (confined cattle, horses, etc.) freshly cut green fodder for roughage.
Origin of soil3
Examples from the Web for soiled
He described the pollution like as a “heavy, soiled blanket that smothers us each night.”Italy’s Triangle Of Death: Naples Residents Blame Child Cancer Rates On Mob Disposal Of Toxic Chemicals
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 21, 2013
His demeanor won him the nickname “ogre of Avetrana” because of his dirty fingernails and soiled clothing.Knox's Grisly Successor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2010
Well John, you just soiled the sanctity of your own institution so what does that say about your deeply held convictions?Ensign, Get Your Sorry Ass Out of the Senate
June 17, 2009
His clothes were soiled and stained, and his face was covered with ragged beard.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
She might have rumpled or soiled it, and so feared discovery.A Dish Of Orts
The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Yes, my husband who has defiled me as no other on earth could have soiled and degraded me!Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Because I have a deep respect for your cloth and should be sorry to see it soiled.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- the top layer of the land surface of the earth that is composed of disintegrated rock particles, humus, water, and airSee zonal soil, azonal soil, intrazonal soil, horizon (def. 4), horizon (def. 5) Related adjective: telluric
- a type of this material having specific characteristicsloamy soil
- land, country, or regionone's native soil
- the soil life and work on a farm; landhe belonged to the soil, as his forefathers had
- any place or thing encouraging growth or development
- to make or become dirty or stained
- (tr) to pollute with sin or disgrace; sully; defilehe soiled the family honour by his cowardice
- the state or result of soiling
- refuse, manure, or excrement
- (tr) to feed (livestock) freshly cut green fodder either to fatten or purge them
Word Origin and History for soiled
early 13c., "to defile or pollute with sin," from Old French soillier "to splatter with mud, to foul or make dirty," originally "to wallow" (12c., Modern French souillier), from souil "tub, wild boar's wallow, pigsty," which is from either Latin solium "tub for bathing; seat," or Latin suculus "little pig," from sus "pig." Literal meaning "to make dirty, begrime" is attested from c.1300 in English. Related: Soiled; soiling.
c.1300, originally "land, area, place," from Anglo-French soil "piece of ground, place" (13c.), from an merger or confusion of Old French sol "bottom, ground, soil" (12c., from Latin solum "soil, ground;" see sole (n.1)), Old French soeul, sueil "threshold, area, place" (from Latin solium "seat"), and Old French soil, soille "a miry place," from soillier (see soil (v.)).
Meaning "place of one's nativity" is from c.1400. Meaning "mould, earth, dirt" (especially that which plants grow in) is attested from mid-15c.
"filth, dirt, refuse matter, sewage, liquid likely to contain excrement," c.1600, earlier "miry or muddy place" (early 15c.), from Old French soille "miry place," from soillier (v.) "to make dirty," and in part a native formation from soil (v.). This is the sense in archaic night-soil.
- The loose top layer of the Earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter (humus), and capable of retaining water, providing nutrients for plants, and supporting a wide range of biotic communities. Soil is formed by a combination of depositional, chemical, and biological processes and plays an important role in the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles. Soil types vary widely from one region to another, depending on the type of bedrock they overlie and the climate in which they form. In wet and humid regions, for example, soils tend to be thicker than they do in dry regions. See more at A horizon B horizon C horizon. See illustration at ABC soil.