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  1. excrement, especially of animals; manure.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to manure (ground) with or as if with dung.
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Origin of dung

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Low German, German dung; compare Icelandic dyngja heap, dung, Swedish dynga dung, muck, Old High German tunga manuring
Related formsdung·y, adjective
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Related Words for dungy

dusty, murky, muddy, disheveled, crummy, unkempt, grimy, messy, nasty, sloppy, filthy, greasy, polluted, contaminated, spotted, foul, black, defiled, bedraggled, sullied

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Historical Examples of dungy

  • The animals rolled luxuriously in the brown, dungy mixture, and Genesmere made his coffee strong.

British Dictionary definitions for dungy


    1. excrement, esp of animals; manure
    2. (as modifier)dung cart
  1. something filthy
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  1. (tr) to cover (ground) with manure
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Derived Formsdungy, adjective

Word Origin for dung

Old English: prison; related to Old High German tunc cellar roofed with dung, Old Norse dyngja manure heap
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Word Origin and History for dungy



Old English dung "manure, fertilizer," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon dung "manure;" Old High German tunga "manuring," tung "underground room covered with manure;" German Dung; Old Norse dyngja "heap of manure, women's apartment; Swedish dynga "dung, muck;" Danish dynge "heap, mass, pile"), from PIE *dhengh- "covering" (cf. Lithuanian dengti "to cover," Old Irish dingim "I press").

The word recalls the ancient Germanic custom (reported by Tacitus) of covering underground shelters with manure to keep in warmth in winter. The meaning "animal excrement," whether used as fertilizer or not, is from late 13c.

The whole body of journeymen tailors is divided into two classes, denominated Flints and Dungs: the former work by the day and receive all equal wages; the latter work generally by the piece [1824].

Dung beetle attested by 1630s.

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