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adjective, smut·ti·er, smut·ti·est.
  1. soiled with smut; grimy.
  2. indecent or obscene, as talk or writing: a smutty novel.
  3. given to indecent or obscene talk, writing, etc., as a person.
  4. (of plants) affected with smut.
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Origin of smutty

First recorded in 1590–1600; smut + -y1
Related formssmut·ti·ly, adverbsmut·ti·ness, nounun·smut·ty, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Smutty enough we found the reeking pit, as we inhaled the stifling, close atmosphere.

    Folly as It Flies

    Fanny Fern

  • Counting Malaga, a little islet attached to Smutty Nose by a breakwater, and there are eight islands in the cluster.

  • Connected with Smutty Nose by a stone-wall there is another little bit of island, called Malaga.

  • The site has Smutty Nose and Star opposite, with a road (that is, a water-road) between, varying from half a mile to a mile.

  • About eleven o'clock, Mr. Thaxter took me over to Smutty Nose in his dory.

Word Origin and History for smutty


1590s, "soiled with smut" (of grain); 1660s, "indecent," from smut + -y (2). Related: Smuttily; smuttiness. Smutty-nosed in ornithology means "having black nostrils."

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