shit

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Etymology 1

From Old English scite (dung), scitte (diarrhoea), from Proto-Germanic *skīta-, *skītaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd-, *skeyd- (to split, divide, separate). Related to Middle Saxon (Middle Low Saxon) schite, New Saxon (New Low Saxon) Schiet, Middle Dutch schitte, Dutch schijt, German Scheiße, Swedish skit, Norwegian skitt, Icelandic skítur. Compare shite.

Noun

shit (usually uncountable, plural shits)

  1. (uncountable, colloquial) Solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels; feces.
    • 2011, "Cholera and the super-loo", The Economist, 30 Jul 2011:
      The practice in most African and some Asian cities is for private lorries to suck up human waste and dump it in rivers. [...] In tackling the shit problem, economics could well be a clincher.
  2. (countable, colloquial, in the plural, definite) (the shits) diarrhea.
    He had the shits for three days.
  3. (countable, colloquial) An instance of defecation.
    Can't a guy take a shit in peace?
  4. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Rubbish; worthless matter.
    Throw that shit out!
  5. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Stuff, things.
    I want your shit out of my garage by tomorrow.
  6. (uncountable, colloquial, definite) (the shit) The best of its kind.
    These grapes are the shit!
  7. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Nonsense; bullshit.
    Everything he says is a load of shit.
  8. (countable, vulgar, colloquial) A nasty, despicable person, used particularly of men.
    Her son has been a real shit to her.
  9. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) (in negations) Anything.
    His opinion is not worth shit. = His opinion is not worth anything.
    We don’t have shit to live on. = We don’t have anything to live on.
    John can't sing for shit. = John can't sing for anything. = John can't sing at all.
  10. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A problem or difficult situation.
    I'm in some serious shit.
    Some shit went down at the nightclub last night.
  11. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A strong rebuke.
    I gave him shit for being three hours late twice in one week.
  12. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) any recreational drug, usually cannabis.
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Adjective

shit (comparative more shit or shitter, superlative most shit or shittest)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Of poor quality; worthless.
    What a shit film that was!
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Nasty; despicable.
    That was a shit thing to do to him.
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  • a. 1961, Ernest Hemingway; A. E. Hotchner, Albert J DeFazio, III editor, Dear Papa, dear Hotch: the correspondence of Ernest Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner, published 2005, page 225:
    And you surely know. Please give Bum my regards. I liked him a lot + I'm sorry as hell he's having such a shit time.
  • 1970, Robert Grover; Martin T. Willaims, Nat Hentoff, Evergreen Review:
    They can make life here more shit than it already is.
  • 2002, Patricia Cornelius, My sister Jill:
    She knows that we are no more shit than anyone else.
  • 2004, Liam Bracken, Exit Only:
    The new guys are some of the most shit mechanics I've ever—”
  • 2006, Derec Jones, The Three Bears, page 191:
    I say, and smile at her with the most benevolent older, wiser expression I can get together considering that I'm probably feeling more shit than she is.
  • 2006, Jonathan Stanland, The Bible of Badness, page 82:
    They feel unworthy, don't trust people [] , and generally can have a very shit time
  • 2009, Thomas Leveritt, The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money, page 313:
    And clearly having a very shit time with guys.
  • 2009, Karen Smith, Desert Rose, page 154:
    it made me feel like there were still good decent people here and after a very shit day this small gesture simply made up for it.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English shiten, from Old English scītan, from Proto-Germanic *skītaną (compare West Frisian skite, Low German schieten, Dutch schijten, German scheißen, Danish skide), from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd-, *skeh₁i-d (to cut) (cf. *skey-). More at shed.

Verb

shit (third-person singular simple present shits, present participle shitting, simple past shit, shitted, or shat, past participle shit, shitted, shat, or shitten)

  1. (intransitive, vulgar, colloquial) To defecate.
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To excrete (something) through the anus.
  3. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To fool or try to fool someone; to be deceitful.
    Twelve hundred dollars!? Are you shitting me!?
  4. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial, Australia) To annoy.
    That ad shits me to tears.
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  • 1668, Francis Kirkman; Richard Head, The English Rogue[1], page 119:
    When we wrought upon scaffolds in the street it was a great pleasure to me to throw the morter upon the heads of young wenches as they passed by; and at other times with our whiting to bespatter Gentlemens Cloaks as they walked under us, that they looked as if the Crow had shit upon them
  • 1760, Thomas Brown, “Advice to Dr. Oates”, in Works Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse[2], page 243:
    What need you care, Sir, whose dunghill you shit on!
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Interjection

shit

  1. (vulgar) Expression of worry, failure, shock, etc., often at something seen for the first time or remembered immediately before using this term.
    Shit! I think that I forgot to pack my sleeping bag last night!
    Holy shit!
    Oh, shit!
  2. (vulgar) To show displeasure or surprise.
    "Oh, shit. I left my worksheet at home," she said to the language arts teacher, which got her in trouble.
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  • 1760, Thomas Brown, “Advice to Dr. Oates”, in Works Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse[3], page 243:
    And what if Oates be now laid in a gaol,
    ('stead of a barn) and thresh'd with that same flail
    We call contempt? Shit, let 'em kiss your tail.
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French

Etymology

From English shit.

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Noun

shit m (uncountable)

  1. (slang) cannabis