shit

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  • enPR: shĭt, IPA(key): /ʃɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1

From Middle English schit, schyt, from Old English sċite (dung) and sċitte (diarrhoea), from Proto-Germanic *skīta-, *skītaz, *skitiz, 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 and Norwegian Nynorsk skit, Norwegian Bokmål skitt, Icelandic skítur. Compare shite.

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Noun

shit (usually uncountable, plural shits)

  1. (countable, uncountable, colloquial, vulgar) 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, vulgar, in the plural, definite) (the shits) diarrhea.
    He had the shits for three days.
  3. (countable, colloquial, vulgar) 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.
    Fuck it. I don't feel like doing this shit.
    • 1998, Rush Hour, written by Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna, New Line Cinema:
      JAMES CARTER: You put your own shit in the back; I'm not a skycap.
    • 2017 December 1, Tom Breihan, “Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      He’s physical and monosyllabic. He does all sorts of cool shit, and he subtly rediscovers his own heroism without making a big thing out of it. But he’s a supporting character, and he knows it.
  6. (uncountable, colloquial, vulgar, 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.
    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.
    You ain't shit. = You're nothing; you aren't worth anything.
  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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Adverb

shit (comparative more shit, superlative most shit)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial, sometimes by extension) Resembling the color of feces.
    The ground is shit brown here.
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Etymology 2

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

Verb

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

  1. (intransitive, vulgar, colloquial) To defecate.
  2. (transitive, vulgar, 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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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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Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English shit. Cognate to Dutch schijt.

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Interjection

shit

  1. shit, darn

Usage notes

Not considered vulgar, unlike in some English lects.

Noun

shit m (uncountable)

  1. (slang) stuff
  2. (slang) trouble

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French

Etymology

From English shit.

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Noun

shit m (uncountable)

  1. (slang) cannabis