|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
To sit on a, was a sign of the deepest dejection (1 Samuel 2:8; Psalm 113:7; Lamentations 4:5).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A heap of dung.
2. (n.) Any mean situation or condition; a vile abode.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
dung'-hil ('ashpoth, 1 Samuel 2:8, madhmenah, etc., with other words; kopria, Luke 14:35): Dung heap, or place of refuse. To sit upon a dunghill (1 Samuel 2:8 Psalm 113:7 Lamentations 4:5) is significant of the lowest and most wretched condition. To turn a house into a dunghill (Daniel 2:5; Daniel 3:29), or be flung upon a dunghill (Luke 14:35), marks the extreme of ignominy. See also DUNG.
Dunghill (8 Occurrences)
Luke 14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV WEY ASV WBS RSV)
1 Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust. He lifts up the needy from the dunghill, To make them sit with princes, and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are Yahweh's. He has set the world on them. (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Ezra 6:11 Also I have made a decree, that whoever shall alter this word, let a beam be pulled out from his house, and let him be lifted up and fastened thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this: (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Nehemiah 2:13 And I go out through the gate of the valley by night, and unto the front of the fountain of the dragon, and unto the gate of the dunghill, and I am measuring about the walls of Jerusalem, that are broken down, and its gates consumed with fire. (YLT)
Psalms 113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; (KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Isaiah 25:10 For in this mountain the hand of Yahweh will rest. Moab will be trodden down in his place, even like straw is trodden down in the water of the dunghill. (WEB KJV JPS DBY WBS YLT)
Daniel 2:5 The king answered the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if you don't make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Daniel 3:29 Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill; because there is no other god who is able to deliver after this sort. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)