Definition of dunghill in English:


(also dungheap)


  • A heap of dung or refuse, especially in a farmyard.

    • ‘The clothing and bedding of plague victims are particularly dangerous, as are wooden buildings, earthen floors, rubbish heaps, and dunghills.’
    • ‘If we neatly dispose of our bodily waste products, we more easily forget that we are made of stuffs that end up on the dungheap.’
    • ‘Instead of counting dunghills, researchers have set up an array of microphones that record calls for three months at a time, yielding rich data about the animals' movements and communication.’
    • ‘He loved crowds, and smoke and glare, and soot and dust and dunghills.’
    • ‘Beyond this court the second passage led to a second square court, occupied in the same way by its dunghill; and from this court there was yet a third passage leading to a third court, and third dungheap.’
    • ‘In 1648 his remains were disinterred and buried under a dunghill, but after the Restoration they were restored to their original resting place.’
    • ‘Humans have always lived in a variety of types of site, from dungheaps to palaces, and it is an important aspect of archaeology to determine what kind of settlement people occupied.’
    • ‘His body was later thrown on a dungheap, while the remains of the Inquisitor were given a ceremonial burial at the local church.’
    • ‘The yard was deserted except for an adolescent boy, apparently an imbecile, sunning himself on a dungheap and greeting imaginary travelers with sitting bows and words of welcome.’
    dump, refuse dump, rubbish dump, refuse heap, rubbish heap, refuse tip, rubbish tip, dumping ground, dustheap, slag heap