1. offensive or disgusting dirt or refuse; foul matter: the filth dumped into our rivers.
  2. foul condition: to live in filth.
  3. moral impurity, corruption, or obscenity.
  4. vulgar or obscene language or thought.


  1. foul or disgusting dirt; refuse
  2. extreme physical or moral uncleanliness; pollution
  3. vulgarity or obscenity, as in language
  4. the filth derogatory, slang the police

Old English fylð “uncleanness, impurity,” from Proto-Germanic *fulitho (cf. Old Saxon fulitha “foulness, filth,” Dutch vuilte, Old High German fulida), noun derivative of *fulo- “foul” (see foul (adj.)). A classic case of i-mutation.

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