dirty word


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dirty word

n.
1. An obscene or vulgar word.
2. A word, expression, or concept viewed as odious or intolerable: a feisty campaigner to whom "give up" was a dirty word.

dirt′y word′


n.
1. a vulgar or taboo word; obscenity.
2. any word, name, or concept considered loathsome or unmentionable: “Lose” is a dirty word to this team.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dirty word - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
nookie, nooky, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
pecker, peter, putz, prick, tool, shaft - obscene terms for penis
Irish bull, crap, bull - obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
bawdry, bawdy - lewd or obscene talk or writing; "it was smoking-room bawdry"; "they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"
scatology - a preoccupation with obscenity (especially that dealing with excrement or excretory functions)
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
prick, SOB - insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
peeing, pee - informal terms for urination; "he took a pee"
Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
crap, turd, dirt - obscene terms for feces
2.dirty word - a word that is considered to be unmentionable; "`failure' is a dirty word to him"
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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