smut

[ smuht ]
/ smʌt /

noun

a particle of soot; sooty matter.
a black or dirty mark; smudge.
indecent language or publications; obscenity.
Plant Pathology.
  1. a disease of plants, especially cereal grasses, characterized by the conversion of affected parts into black, powdery masses of spores, caused by fungi of the order Ustilaginales.
  2. a fungus causing this disease.

verb (used with object), smut·ted, smut·ting.

to soil or smudge.

verb (used without object), smut·ted, smut·ting.

to become affected with smut, as a plant.

Nearby words

  1. smuggling,
  2. smugly,
  3. smur,
  4. smurfing,
  5. smush,
  6. smutch,
  7. smutchy,
  8. smuts,
  9. smuts, jan christiaan,
  10. smutty

Origin of smut

1580–90; akin to earlier smit (Old English smitte), by association with smudge, smutch

Related formsan·ti·smut, adjectiveun·smut·ted, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for smut

smut

/ (smʌt) /

noun

verb smuts, smutting or smutted

Derived Formssmutty, adjectivesmuttily, adverbsmuttiness, noun

Word Origin for smut

Old English smitte; related to Middle High German smitze; associated with smudge, smutch

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Word Origin and History for smut

smut

n.

1660s, "black mark, stain," from verb smutten "debase, defile" (late 14c.), later "stain or mark with soot, etc." (1580s), cognate with Middle High German smotzen "make dirty," from West Germanic *smutt- (cf. Middle High German smuz "grease, dirt;" German Schmutz "dirt," schmutzen "to make dirty"). The meaning "indecent or obscene language" is first attested 1660s.

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Science definitions for smut

smut

[ smŭt ]

Any of various bacidiomycete fungi that are parasitic on plants and are distinguished by the black, powdery masses of spores that appear as sooty smudges on the affected plant parts. Smuts are parasitic chiefly on cereal grasses like corn and wheat and can cause enormous damage to crops.
Any of the various plant diseases caused by smuts, such as corn smut.
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