gobshite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gob (mouth) +‎ shite (excrement).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Ireland) IPA(key): /ˈɡɒbˌʃaɪt/
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Noun[edit]

gobshite (plural gobshites)

  1. (Ireland, slang, moderately offensive) One who engages in nonsensical chatter or unwanted conversation.
    What's that gobshite talking about now?
  2. (Ireland, slang, moderately offensive) A person of very poor judgment and unpleasant character.
    • 2019, Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other, Penguin Books (2020), page 191:
      LaTisha [...] left school a head-banging argumentative gobshite with no qualifications who wouldnʼt take no orders from no one

Usage notes[edit]

  • The collective expression shower of gobshites ("group of idiots") is quite common in Ireland.

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