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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 your skin: I sat on the ground and got dirt on my pants.
Dirt is also loose earth on the ground: After the rain, the woods smelled of wet dirt and greenery.
Dirt is also the earth considered as a surface: The basement has a dirt floor.
  • dirt noun [U] (INFORMATION)

personal information about something wrong that someone has done: They are more interested in looking for dirt than in reporting fairly about him.
(Definition of dirt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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, planting seeds.
informal solid waste: I got some dog dirt on my shoes.

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  • dirt noun [U] (GOSSIP)

informal unpleasant or bad details about someone's private life 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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