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shit Syllabification: shit
vulgar slang

Definition of shit in English:


1.1An act of defecating.
2A contemptible or worthless person.
3Something worthless; garbage; nonsense: this book is shit
3.1Unpleasant experiences or treatment: I went through a lot of shit last year
4Things or stuff, especially personal belongings: he left his shit at my apartment
4.1Events or circumstances: some crazy shit happened last night
5Any psychoactive drug, especially marijuana.

verb (shits, shitting; past and past participle shitted or shit or shatSHat)

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1 [no object] Expel feces from the body.
1.1 (shit oneself) Soil one’s clothes as a result of expelling feces accidentally.
1.2 (shit oneself) Be very frightened.
2 [with object] Tease or try to deceive (someone): I shit you not


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be the shit


beat the shit out of

see beat.

be shitting bricks

Be extremely nervous or frightened.

eat shit

An exclamation expressing anger or contempt for, or rejection of, someone.

get one's shit together

Organize oneself so as to be able to deal with or achieve something.

in deep shit (or in the shit)


lose one's shit

US Lose one’s composure.

no shit

Used to seek confirmation of the truth of a statement or to confirm the truth of a statement.

not give a shit

Not care at all.

not know shit

Not know anything.

not worth a shit


shit for brains

chiefly North American A stupid person.

shit on someone

Show contempt or disregard for someone.

be up shit (or shit's) creek (without a paddle)


when the shit hits the fan

When the disastrous consequences of something become public.


Old English scitte 'diarrhea', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schijten, German scheissen (verb). The term was originally neutral and used without vulgar connotation.

Words that rhyme with shit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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