dirty word


a vulgar or taboo word; obscenity.
any word, name, or concept considered reprehensible or unmentionable; anathema: “Lose” is a dirty word to this team.

Nearby words

  1. dirty realism,
  2. dirty rice,
  3. dirty trick,
  4. dirty tricks,
  5. dirty war,
  6. dirty work,
  7. dirty-minded,
  8. dis,
  9. dis aliter visum,
  10. dis pater

Origin of dirty word

First recorded in 1835–45

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