dirt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “dirt” in the English Dictionary

"dirt" in British English

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dirtnoun [U]

uk   /dɜːt/  us   /dɝːt/

dirt noun [U] (NOT CLEAN)

B1 dust, ​soil, or any ​substance that makes a ​surface not ​clean: His ​coat was ​covered with dirt. mainly US soil on the ​ground: I've been ​digging in the dirt, ​plantingseeds. informal solidwaste: I got some dog dirt on my ​shoes.
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dirt noun [U] (GOSSIP)

informal unpleasant or ​baddetails about someone's ​privatelife that are ​repeated or ​published to ​influence people's ​opinion of them in a ​negative way: Journalists are always digging for (= ​trying to ​discover) dirt.
(Definition of dirt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dirt" in American English

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dirtnoun [U]

 us   /dɜrt/

dirt noun [U] (EARTH)

earth or a ​substance like it that has ​gotten on the ​surface of something such as ​yourskin: I ​sat on the ​ground and got dirt on my ​pants. Dirt is also ​looseearth on the ​ground: After the ​rain, the ​woodssmelled of ​wet dirt and ​greenery. Dirt is also the ​earthconsidered as a ​surface: The ​basement has a dirt ​floor.

dirt noun [U] (INFORMATION)

personalinformation about something ​wrong that someone has done: They are more ​interested in ​looking for dirt than in ​reportingfairly about him.
(Definition of dirt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dirt”
in Korean 먼지, 흙…
in Arabic قَذارة, تُربة…
in Malaysian kotor…
in French saleté…
in Russian грязь, земля, грунт…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骯髒, 塵土,泥土,灰塵, 鬆土,浮土…
in Italian sporcizia, terra…
in Turkish kir, pislik, çamur…
in Polish brud, ziemia…
in Spanish suciedad…
in Vietnamese đồ dơ bẩn…
in Portuguese sujeira, terra…
in Thai ดิน, สิ่งสกปรก…
in German der Schmutz…
in Catalan brutícia, terra…
in Japanese 汚れ, 泥…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肮脏, 尘土,泥土,灰尘, 松土,浮土…
in Indonesian kotoran, tanah…
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