dirtdirt /dɜːt $ dɜːrt/ ●●●S3 noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1DIRTYany substance that makes things dirty, such as mud or dust 🔊 You should have seen the dirt on that car! 🔊 His face and hands were black with dirt. 🔊 a patch of grass, covered in dog dirt (=waste from a dog’s bowels)2TAS especially American Englishearth or soil 🔊 Michael threw his handful of dirt onto the coffin.in (the) dirt 🔊 The children had been sitting in the dirt.3informalKNOW something information about someone’s private life or activities which could give people a bad opinion of them if it became known 🔊 The newspapers had been digging up dirt on the president.4RUDE/OBSCENEtalk, writing, a film etc that is considered bad or immoral because it is about sex → dish the dirtat dish2, → hit/strike paydirtat paydirt, → hit the dirtat hit1(17), → treat somebody like dirtat treat1(1)COLLOCATIONSverbsremove the dirt (from something)First, remove any dirt from the cut.brush off/wash off/clean off the dirtWash the dirt off those boots before you come in.something shows the dirt (=something looks dirty – used about colours)Light-coloured clothes show the dirt rather quickly.adjectivesloose dirt (=that you can brush off easily)Keep your pack clean by brushing off any loose dirt after use. ingrained dirt (=under the surface of something and difficult to clean off)We had to wash the walls to remove the ingrained dirt. ground-in dirt (=difficult to remove because people have walked over something )He had a lot of trouble getting rid of the ground-in dirt from the carpet.phrasesbe covered with dirtThe kitchen floor was covered with dirt.be black with dirt (=be very dirty)Jack came in from the garden, his hands black with dirt.a speck of dirt (=a very small piece of dirt)Their house was so clean – there wasn’t a speck of dirt anywhere.