offensive or disgusting dirt or refuse; foul matter: the filth dumped into our rivers.
foul condition: to live in filth.
moral impurity, corruption, or obscenity.
vulgar or obscene language or thought.

Nearby words

  1. filter pump,
  2. filter tip,
  3. filterable,
  4. filterable virus,
  5. filtering operation,
  6. filthy,
  7. filthy lucre,
  8. filtrable,
  9. filtrate,
  10. filtration

Origin of filth

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fȳlth. See foul, -th1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for filth

British Dictionary definitions for filth



foul or disgusting dirt; refuse
extreme physical or moral uncleanliness; pollution
vulgarity or obscenity, as in language
the filth derogatory, slang the police

Word Origin for filth

Old English fӯlth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fūlitha; see foul, defile

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Word Origin and History for filth



Old English fylð "uncleanness, impurity," from Proto-Germanic *fulitho (cf. Old Saxon fulitha "foulness, filth," Dutch vuilte, Old High German fulida), noun derivative of *fulo- "foul" (see foul (adj.)). A classic case of i-mutation.

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