smut

Definitions

  • I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
    I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smut affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
    • v smut become affected with smut "the corn smutted and could not be eaten"
    • v smut stain with a dirty substance, such as soot
    • v smut make obscene "This line in the play smuts the entire act"
    • n smut creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
    • n smut an offensive or indecent word or phrase
    • n smut any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
    • n smut destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
    • n smut a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Smut (Bot) An affection of cereal grains producing a swelling which is at length resolved into a powdery sooty mass. It is caused by parasitic fungi of the genus Ustilago. Ustilago segetum, or U. Carbo, is the commonest kind; that of Indian corn is Ustilago maydis.
    • Smut (Mining) Bad, soft coal, containing much earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults.
    • Smut Foul matter, like soot or coal dust; also, a spot or soil made by such matter.
    • Smut Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity. "He does not stand upon decency . . . but will talk smut though a priest and his mother be in the room ."
    • Smut To blacken; to sully or taint; to tarnish.
    • Smut To clear of smut; as, to smut grain for the mill.
    • Smut To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted.
    • Smut To give off smut; to crock.
    • Smut To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance.
    • Smut To taint with mildew, as grain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n smut A spot made with soot, coal, or the like; also, the fouling matter itself.
    • n smut Obscene or filthy language.
    • n smut A fungous disease of plants, affecting especially the cereal plants, to many of which it is exceedingly destructive. It is caused by fungi of the family Ustilagineæ. There are in the United States two well-defined kinds of smut in cereals: the black smut, produced by Ustilago segetum, in which the head is mostly changed to a black dust;
    • n smut Earthy, worthless coal, such as is often found at the outcrop of a seam. In Pennsylvania also called black-dirt, blossom, and crop.
    • smut To stain or mark with smut; blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance.
    • smut To affect with the disease called smut; mildew.
    • smut Figuratively, to tarnish; defile; make impure; blacken.
    • smut To make obscene.
    • smut To gather smut; be converted into smut.
    • smut To give off smut; crock.
    • smut In leather manufacturing, to go over (the blacked side of a hide or skin) with a woolen cloth to remove dirt and improve the appearance of the blacking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Smut smut a spot of dirt, soot, &c.: foul matter, as soot: Bunt, sometimes also Dust-brand, the popular name of certain small fungi which infest flowering land-plants, esp. the grasses, the name derived from the appearance of the spores, which are nearly black and very numerous: obscene language
    • v.t Smut to soil with smut: to blacken or tarnish
    • v.i Smut to gather smut: to be turned into smut:—pr.p. smut′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. smut′ted
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Won't you smut me all up?
"The Story of a China Cat" by Laura Lee Hope
General Smuts sat, a strong personality with great love for his own country, and a fearless blue eye.
"An Onlooker in France 1917-1919" by William Orpen
They say she say sometime, she didn't want no Negro man smutting her sheets up.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Then first he noticed that he was not a negro; the smut had been rubbed from his face.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
And I didn't need the extra smear of smut on my face.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Seed grain is frequently treated this way before sowing, to destroy smut spores.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
He worked with the class on the problem of smut.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
Smut prevented by lime, 461.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Oh, the smuts, how they settled upon his feathers!
"Parables from Flowers" by Gertrude P. Dyer
The bhoy came back with smut on his nose and sthated that the tank was full.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
She was squat in figure, and had a perpetual smut either on her cheek or forehead.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Turning now to the movements of General Smut's army in the south.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
I came so close to him that my machine was smutted by the ensuing explosion of his 'plane.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
The lord and the lady had the kitten washed, and gave it food, and called it Smut.
"Very Short Stories and Verses For Children" by Mrs. W. K. Clifford
The same is to a large extent true of smut; hence, wet years have been often remarkable for the great prevalence of abortions.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
There was not a particle of "smut" in the whole field.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
Whoever beat wid de cards, he'd git to smut you.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He looked back, his face all horror and smut.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Rust, Smut, Mildew, and Mould.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Worst of all, the smut of the blacks upon her since she desired to be with them again.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
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In poetry:

If at night, when doors are shut,
And the wood-worm picks,
And the death-watch ticks,
And the bar has a flag of smut,
And a cat's in the water-butt—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
I will not droop my soiled flag,
Nor turn a thought on my own shame,
Though it be sin without a name,
And smutted honour but a rag
There is a curve of Glo'ster plough
That I was born alone to show.
"Defiance" by Ivor Gurney
Again swings the lash on the high mountain trail,
And the pipe of the packer is scenting the gale;
The oath and the jest ringing high o'er the plain,
Where the smut is not always confined to the grain.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Two and a Half Smut Stars.
Stop Using Our Computers for Smut .
Latin Bistro offers up heat, passion and smut .
The Subtle Sexism of Assessing Female-Friendly Smut .
' Smut ,' by Alan Bennett: review.
When Sophia, 17 and her friends discovered that they were on a " Smut List" created by a fellow male classmate, they fought back - and won.
Setting the Bar for Smut .
GOP Corporate Donors Cash In on Smut .
Smut and Its Causes.
How to recognize, minimize weld smut .
Evidence In Internet Case Of Child Smut .
Breaking News or Political Smut .
Judge Defends Strippers and Smut Shillers.
In Praise of Indecency Smut--Still Dirty After All These Years.
Over in Europe, they're doing smut.
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