Definition of shit in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃɪt
vulgar slang


[mass noun]
1.1 [count noun] An act of defecating.
1.2 (the shits) Diarrhoea.
2 [count noun] A contemptible or worthless person.
3Something worthless; rubbish; nonsense.
3.1Unpleasant experiences or treatment.

verb (shits, shitting; past and past participle shitted or shit or shat /ʃat/)

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1 [no object] Expel faeces from the body.
1.1 [with object] (shit oneself) Soil one’s clothes as a result of expelling faeces accidentally.
1.2 [with object] (shit oneself) Be very frightened.
2 [with object] Tease or try to deceive (someone).


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


beat (or kick) the shit out of

Beat (someone) very severely.

be shitting bricks

Be extremely nervous or frightened.

do bears shit in the woods?

Used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious.

get one's shit together

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

give someone the shits

chiefly Australian /NZ Make someone annoyed or angry.

in the shit

no shit

Used as a way of confirming or seeking confirmation of the truth of a statement.

not give a shit

Not care at all.

not know shit

Not know anything.

shit for brains

chiefly North American A stupid person.

be up shit creek (also be up shit creek without a paddle)

when the shit hits the fan

When the disastrous consequences of something become public.

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