Middle English Dictionary Entry

drit n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Excrement, droppings; dung; feces; (b) hunt. the dung of certain animals; (c) cattes ~, dove ~, gandres ~, gotes ~, hors ~, mannes ~, mous ~, swines ~.
(a) Mud, dirt; ~ of erthe, ~ of the strete; (b) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.136].
Fig. (a) Something worthless or degrading; worldly possessions, filthy lucre; ertheli ~, worldli ~; (b) something vile or sinful; sakke of ~; (c) ~ carl, ~ cherl, a worthless fellow; ?one who hauls or spreads dung; also as surname; (d) the develes ~, the Devil's filth; -- used in imprecations.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Add.34111 Pigment.Recipes (Add 34111) 299/18 : Sette hit in hors drit nyen dayes.
  • Note: Additional quot., sense 1.(c).