Definition of dung pit in English:

dung pit

Pronunciation /ˈdʌŋ pɪt/


  • 1A pit in which farmyard manure and other waste is stored; a muck or slurry pit. More generally: a refuse pit; a (domestic) midden; an ash pit.

    Recorded earliest in "dung-pit reeking" adjective Obsolete rare that smells or steams like a dung pit.

  • 2A hole in the ground into which an animal habitually deposits its faeces.

    Originally and chiefly with reference to such pits dug and used by groups of badgers.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Marston (bap. 1576, d. 1634), poet and playwright. From dung + pit.