Definition of dirty word in English:

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dirty word


1An offensive or indecent word.
Example sentences
  • It is indecent to use dirty words in one's native language, but foreign words are fine.
  • I kept about half of them and delete those with too many dirty words - the words are insulting every reader's eyes.
  • She then explains that she thinks that's a dirty word because obscenity is all in the mind and that word just doesn't sit right with her.
1.1A thing regarded with dislike or disapproval: people can talk about profit without it being a dirty word
More example sentences
  • Here, at last, was someone who I had feared would always be a figment of my imagination: a Labour leader who did not regard profit as a dirty word but who did regard nationalisation as a dirty word.
  • In the US where the words Welfare and Public Service are regarded as dirty words, they only spend 30% of the GDP on public services.
  • One subject we have not dealt with is the visual junk diet of soaps, smut, and vulgar language: the verbal corruption that has infected our nation's bloodstream and turned courtesy into a dirty word among the young.

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Syllabification: dirt·y word

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