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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English sceot, from Proto-Germanic *skutą; compare scot.


shot (comparative more shot, superlative most shot)

  1. (colloquial) Worn out or broken.
    The rear axle will have to be replaced. It’s shot.
    • 2004, Garret Keizer, Help: The Original Human Dilemma‎, page 50:
      ... but he finds it hard to resist helping the boss's sister, who also works there and whose body "is more shot than mine."
    • 1998, The Tragically Hip, "Thompson Girl", Phantom Power:
      Thompson girl, I'm stranded at the Unique Motel / Thompson girl, winterfighter's shot on the car as well
  2. (of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
    The cloak was shot through with silver threads.
  3. Tired, weary.
    I have to go to bed now; I’m shot.
  4. Discharged, cleared, or rid of something.
  5. Scarred silly or crazy of something or someone usually due to a traumatic experience with said fear.
    This man is wolf shot from seeing too many horror movies with wolves in them, so much so that even the mention of the word “wolf” makes him run in terror and that need committed to the insane asylum.
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shot (countable and uncountable, plural shots)

  1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
    The shot was wide off the mark.
  2. (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
    They took the lead on a last-minute shot.
    • 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England's attacking impetus was limited to one shot from Lampard that was comfortably collected by keeper Iker Casillas, but for all Spain's domination of the ball his England counterpart Joe Hart was unemployed.
  3. (athletics) The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
    The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.
  4. (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  5. (uncountable, military) Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
  6. (referring to one's skill at firing a gun) Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly
    I brought him hunting as he's a good shot.
    He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot.
  7. An opportunity or attempt.
    I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
    • 2009, David P. Murphy, Phil Torcivia, Rebecca Shockley, Such a Nice Guy
      You won't see me buying a round of Jägerbombs for girls half my age because I know when I have no shot.
  8. A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
    • 2003, Carla Marinucci, "On inauguration eve, 'Aaaarnold' stands tall," San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. (retrieved 18 Apr. 2009):
      Schwarzenegger also is taking nasty shots from his own party, as GOP conservatives bash some of his appointments as Kennedyesque and traitorous to party values.
  9. (slang, sports, US) A punch or other physical blow.
  10. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)
    I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.
  11. A single serving of espresso.
  12. (archaic) A reckoning, a share of a tavern bill, etc.
  13. (photography, film) A single snapshot or an unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.
    • 2004, Robert Thompson & ‎Cindy Malone, The Broadcast Journalism Handbook: A Television News Survival Guide, →ISBN, page 4:
      Even if everyone else is taking close-up shots of the crumpled body of a rock climber who fell to his death, and your photographer did too, maybe you don't feel the need to air that shot.
    We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.
  14. (medicine) A vaccination or injection.
    I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.
  15. (US, Canada, baseball, informal) A home run that scores one, two, or three runs (a four run home run is usually referred to as a grand slam).
    His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.
  16. (US federal prison system) Written documentation of a behavior infraction.
  17. (fisheries) A cast of one or more nets.
  18. (fisheries) A place or spot for setting nets.
  19. (fisheries) A single draft or catch of fish made.
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of shoot


shot (third-person singular simple present shots, present participle shotting, simple past and past participle shotted)

  1. (transitive) To load (a gun) with shot.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for shot in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Etymology 2[edit]

See scot (a share).


shot (plural shots)

  1. A charge to be paid, a scot or shout.
    Drink up. It's his shot.



Etymology 3[edit]

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  1. (colloquial, South Africa, New Zealand) Thank you.




Borrowed from English shot.



shot n or m (plural shots, diminutive shotje n)

  1. (film, photography) shot (sequence of frames)
  2. shot (measure/serving of alcohol)

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shot m (plural shots)

  1. shot (small portion of drink)




shot c

  1. shot; measure of alcohol

Usage notes[edit]

In Sweden, the term "shot" usually refers to a measure of 4 or 6 cl of alcohol.


Declension of shot 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative shot shotten shottar shottarna
Genitive shots shottens shottars shottarnas

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