smut
Pronunciation Noun

smut

  1. (uncountable) Soot.
  2. (countable) A flake of ash or soot.
    • 1989, Harry Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0-374-51999-4, page 56:
      “You can rely on me!” Varya said, still more earnestly and enthusiastically, still leaning heavily on the counter, noticing briefly and forgetting at once that her bare elbow had crushed a stray smut from the Primus mender's booth.
  3. (uncountable) Sexually vulgar material; something that is sexual in a dirty way; pornographic material.
  4. (uncountable) Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity.
    • He does not stand upon decency […] but will talk smut, though a priest and his mother be in the room.
  5. Any of a range of fungi, mostly Ustilaginomycetes, that cause plant disease in grasses, including cereal crops; the disease so caused.
  6. (mining) Bad, soft coal containing earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults.
Synonyms
  • (soot) filth
  • (sexually vulgar or pornographic material) filth
Translations Translations
  • Russian: головня́
Verb

smut (smuts, present participle smutting; past and past participle smutted)

  1. (ambitransitive) To stain (or be stained) with soot or other dirt.
  2. (transitive) To taint (grain, etc.) with the smut fungus.
  3. (intransitive) To become tainted by the smut fungus.
    • 1836, New England Farmer (volume 14, page 313)
      It smutted to a far greater degree than the year before, say three fourths, or more. I obtained but little more than the seed sown, and that was handsome wheat. This failure I imputed to the same supposed cause which operated the last year.
  4. (transitive) To clear of the smut fungus.
    to smut grain for the mill



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