- crude, broken ore or waste.
- (in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.
Origin of dirt
Examples from the Web for dirt
Turns out that wool regulates temperature, repels water, wicks away moisture, and resists stains and dirt.
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|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But how is it they never lose that hunger to turn over the next shovel of dirt?
Great care is used in cleaning substances to be plated, all dirt and grease being carefully removed.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
The dirt is, of course, to be carefully brushed off before applying the blacking.
"It would take a three-inch field piece, sir, to make an impression on this wall of dirt," smiled Sergeant Hal.Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines|H. Irving Hancock
"Dirt don't stick to you, Mr. Oldfield," once said a seeking widow.Tiverton Tales|Alice Brown
While filling in the excavation, the pipe represented in Fig. 22 was found in the dirt which had been removed from it.
British Dictionary definitions for dirt
- packed earth, gravel, cinders, etc, used to make a racetrack
- (as modifier)a dirt track
Word Origin for dirt
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with dirt
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.