- crude, broken ore or waste.
- (in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.
Origin of dirt
Synonyms for dirt
Related Words for dirtexcrement, soil, muck, mud, stain, ground, dust, earth, clay, filth, tarnish, mire, smut, crud, slime, smudge, dregs, filthiness, gook, feculence
Examples from the Web for dirt
Contemporary Examples of dirt
Turns out that wool regulates temperature, repels water, wicks away moisture, and resists stains and dirt.The Coolest Fashion Innovations of 2014
December 18, 2014
They slapped and punched him, and when he fell, dragged him through the dirt.
In one case a detainee was dragged naked along the dirt floor.
And Madusa had spent time on motorcycles, dirt bikes and four wheelers, among other rides.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
But how is it they never lose that hunger to turn over the next shovel of dirt?The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Historical Examples of dirt
They were putting on outer clothes from the store-room to protect them from the dirt and damp.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Dick, vaguely conscious of damp and dirt, went up to his bedroom.Viviette
William J. Locke
But ye kin ride, b'y; so dirt don't count; clean ridin's the thing.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We worked in gangs of six, digging and passing up the dirt into the night-tubs.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
In some places there are high mounds of dirt outside the city wall.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
- packed earth, gravel, cinders, etc, used to make a racetrack
- (as modifier)a dirt track
Word Origin for dirt
15c. metathesis of Middle English drit, drytt "mud, dirt, dung" (c.1300), from Old Norse drit, cognate with Old English dritan "to void excrement," from Proto-Germanic *dritanan (cf. Dutch drijten, Old High German trizan).
Used abusively of persons from c.1300. Meaning "gossip" first attested 1926 (in Hemingway); dirt bike is 1960s. Dirt-cheap is from 1821. Dirt road attested by 1852.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dirt
- dirt cheap
- dirty joke
- dirty look, give a
- dirty one's hands
- dirty tricks
- dirty work
- dig up (dirt)
- dish the dirt
- eat crow (dirt)
- hit the deck (dirt)
- pay dirt
- treat like dirt
Also see underdirty.