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  1. a heap of dung.
  2. a repugnantly filthy or degraded place, abode, or situation.
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Origin of dunghill

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at dung, hill
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Historical Examples

  • Throw me on a dunghill, and let me rot there, to infect the air!'

    The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby

    Charles Dickens

  • It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles

  • But like all dunghill products, the life of these was ephemeral.

  • But we can say, we men of the nineteenth century, that the nineteenth century is not the dunghill.

  • At its worst it has collapsed into a death-trap or is rotting like a dunghill.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for dunghill


  1. a heap of dung
  2. a foul place, condition, or person
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Word Origin and History for dunghill


early 14c., from dung + hill (n.).

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