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Etymology 1[edit]

Agent noun formed from shit +‎ -er.


shitter (plural shitters)

  1. (colloquial, vulgar) One who defecates.
    • 2003, Jack Priest, Ragged Man, page 116:
      Either I'm a fast killer, he thought, or that boy's a slow shitter.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A toilet or lavatory; an outhouse.
    Synonym: shithouse
    Hold on, I gotta use the shitter.
    • 2016, Anne Emery, Lament for Bonnie:
      But if she had murdered two children, I'd gladly see her spend her final years on earth in a cell with an iron-hard bed and an overflowing shitter in the corner.
  3. (slang, vulgar, Britain) The anus.
    • 2006, Dominic Lavin, Last Seen in Bangkok, page 159:
      Dave commented on the statue that had grabbed the pair's attention when they'd arrived, saying how quaint it looked, then capped off his comment with, “D'you reckon that receptionist takes it up the shitter?”
  4. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) An objectionable person or thing.
    • 2010, D. W. Chisholm, The Italian School Teacher, page 35:
      Blood, guts, and hair were soon spread on the floor, and the dog was cut to pieces. Nat was muttering, “There, that'll teach you, you shitter,” as he sat down and looked at the bloodied remains of the animal.
  5. (slang, video games) Someone lacking skill, especially in a video game.
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Etymology 2[edit]



  1. comparative form of shit: more shit; shittier
    • c. 2003, James Skelly, quoted in Doug Levy, “Artist Spotlight: The Coral”, in CMJ New Music Report, ISSN 0890-0795, Volume 74, Number 797 (2003 January 20), page 21:
      Text sex is even shitter.
    • a. 2005, Simon Raven, quoted in Simon Raven and Chris Raven, Living the Linger, Samosir Books Limited (2005), →ISBN, page 170:
      Even shitter!
    • 2005, Steve Morris, Pod and the Sexy Dream Club, Troubador Publishing Ltd, →ISBN, page 49:
      Our university may have been shit on University Challenge, and even shitter at any kind of sport, but for a good political bit of head kicking we were unbeatable.