Meaning of dirt

dirt

Pronunciation: (dûrt), [key]
— 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. 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.
    1. crude, broken ore or waste.
    2. (in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.
  8. See(def. 15).
  9. to accept blame, guilt, criticism, or insults without complaint; humble or abase oneself: The prosecutor seemed determined to make the defendant eat dirt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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