small particles of wood produced in sawing.

Origin of sawdust

First recorded in 1520–30; saw1 + dust Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sawdust

Contemporary Examples of sawdust

  • Before the FDA started cracking down, grocers might stretch your coffee with other kinds of beans, your flour with sawdust.

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    The Great Sushi Scam

    Megan McArdle

    April 4, 2013

  • Today Maddow concedes that occasionally she must come down off her trapeze and strut in the sawdust with the rest of the circus.

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    Rachel's Accidental War

    Lloyd Grove

    August 24, 2010

Historical Examples of sawdust

  • Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • These plants are found on pine and fir trunks and on sawdust heaps.

  • She's just full of sawdust, same as all dolls are, and she couldn't have any nerves.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Wouldn't it be more kind of you to leave me to discover the sawdust for myself?


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Explain why ice is packed in straw or sawdust; why a sweater keeps you warm.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

British Dictionary definitions for sawdust



particles of wood formed by sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawdust

1520s, from saw (n.1) + dust (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper