Meaning of DIRT in English

/derrt/ , n.

1. any foul or filthy substance, as mud, grime, dust, or excrement.

2. earth or soil, esp. when loose.

3. something or someone vile, mean, or worthless: After that last outburst of hers I thought she was dirt.

4. moral filth; vileness; corruption.

5. obscene or lewd language: to talk dirt.

6. Informal. gossip, esp. of a malicious, lurid, or scandalous nature: Tell me all the latest dirt.

7. private or personal information which if made public would create a scandal or ruin the reputation of a person, company, etc.

8. Mining.

a. crude, broken ore or waste.

b. (in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.

9. do (someone) dirt . See dirty (def. 15).

10. eat dirt , Informal. to accept blame, guilt, criticism, or insults without complaint; humble or abase oneself: The prosecutor seemed determined to make the defendant eat dirt.

[ 1250-1300; ME dirt, drit; c. ON drit excrement; cf. OE dritan ]

Syn. 6. scandal, slander, rumor, scuttlebutt.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .