dirty word
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdɜːtiˌwɜːd/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɚɾijˌwɝd/

dirty word (plural dirty words)

  1. A word that is considered vulgar, not necessarily sexual in nature.
    The child was made to sit in the corner as punishment for saying a dirty word.
  2. (idiomatic) The name of a topic that a person does not like to hear or discuss.
    Work is a dirty word to him.
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