smutty

[smuht-ee]
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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.

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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Word Origin and History for smutty
adj.

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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