smut

smut
smut [smut]
n.
[< or akin to LowG smutt, akin to Ger schmutz, dirt < IE * (s)meud- < base * meu-, wet, musty > MUD, MOSS]
1.
a) sooty matter
b) a particle of this
2. a mark made by something dirty; soiled spot
3. pornographic or indecent talk, writing, etc.
4. Bot.
a) any of various plant diseases, esp. of cereal grasses, characterized by the appearance of masses of black spores which usually break up into a fine powder
b) any of an order (Ustilaginales) of basidiomycetous fungi causing smut
vt.
smutted, smutting [later var. of ME smoten, besmirch]
to mark or affect with smut
vi.
to be marked or affected by smut

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  • Smut — Smut, n. [Akin to Sw. smuts, Dan. smuds, MHG. smuz, G. schmutz, D. smet a spot or stain, smoddig, smodsig, smodderig, dirty, smodderen to smut; and probably to E. smite. See {Smite}, v. t., and cf. {Smitt}, {Smutch}.] 1. Foul matter, like soot or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smut´ti|ly — smut|ty «SMUHT ee», adjective, ti|er, ti|est. 1. indecent; nasty; obscene: »“Let us not be smutty,” appeals Lady Fidget, in the line Dame Edith Evans made famous (London Times). SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • smut|ty — «SMUHT ee», adjective, ti|er, ti|est. 1. indecent; nasty; obscene: »“Let us not be smutty,” appeals Lady Fidget, in the line Dame Edith Evans made famous (London Times). SYNONYM( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smut — Smut, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smutted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smutting}.] 1. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance. [1913 Webster] 2. To taint with mildew, as grain. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. To blacken; to sully …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — Smut, v. i. 1. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 2. To give off smut; to crock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smut — may refer to: * Smut (fungus), a group of plant parasitic fungi * Smut (comics), an adult British comic title dating back to the 1980s * A colloquial term for obscenity * A colloquial term for pornography * Smut (song), satirical song on… …   Wikipedia

  • smut — /smut/, n., v., smutted, smutting. n. 1. a particle of soot; sooty matter. 2. a black or dirty mark; smudge. 3. indecent language or publications; obscenity. 4. Plant Pathol. a. a disease of plants, esp. cereal grasses, characterized by the… …   Universalium

  • smut — smut; smut·ter; smut·ti·ly; smut·ti·ness; smut·ty; …   English syllables

  • smut — sb., tet, smut, tene; slå et smut forbi; slå smut …   Dansk ordbog

  • smut — [smʌt] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from smot dirty mark (16 19 centuries)] 1.) [U] books, stories, talk etc that offend some people because they are about sex ▪ I won t have smut like that in my house! 2.) [U and C] dirt or ↑soot (=black… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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