/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.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.
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