\ ˈshit How to pronounce shit (audio) , interjectionally also ˈshē-ət How to pronounce shit (audio) \
plural shits

Definition of shit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a vulgar : bodily waste discharged through the anus : feces, excrement
b vulgar : an act of defecation usually used in the phrases take a shit and (British) have a shit
2 vulgar
a(1) : nonsense, foolishness, crap especially : trivial and usually boastful or inaccurate talk Don't give me that shit! Why are you telling me this shit? He's full of shit [=he is lying] Just cut the shit [=stop boasting, lying, etc.]
(2) : teasing or taunting comments One time I chartered a Lear jet … and for weeks I got a lot of shit about that from the band.— Don Henley "These are guys who make a career out of stealing clients," he [Rick Yorn] says. … "That's all Mike did. I give him shit about it all the time. …"— Kim Masters
(3) : bad or unfair behavior or treatment I'm tired of putting up with their shit. She doesn't take shit from anyone. Do what I say, and don't give me any shit.
b(1) : something of little value or poor quality a bunch of cheap, useless shit We need to get rid of all that shit [=junk] in the basement. She treats him like shit. My car is a real piece of shit.
(2) : stuff He left all of his shit lying around the living room.
c : a bad, unpleasant, or dangerous situation or condition I told you twice that you were deep in the shit and that whatever you said could put you in deeper.— David Simon That muck at low tide is worse than quicksand, and I was knee-deep with my toes being bathed in snails' digestive juices before I realized the shit I was in.— Corwin Ericson — see also tough shit
3 vulgar : any of several intoxicating or narcotic drugs especially : heroin
4 vulgar : a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) : damn sense 2 I don't give a shit what they think of me.
5 vulgar : a worthless, offensive, or detestable person He's such a (little) shit! = He's such a piece of shit!
6 vulgar
a used as an interjection Shit! That really hurt!Oh, shit. Here she comes.Well, shit. I guess we have to start over.
b used as an intensive usually with the You scared the shit out of me! They threatened to beat/kick the (living) shit out of him.
7 vulgar
a : someone or something that is excellent and exemplary used with the I think she's the shit. I want to keep my name largely because it's hers.— Marjorie Ingall — see also hot shit
b : something that is valuable or worthwhile used in negative constructions But unfortunately I still believe that they don't know shit.— Mark Kurlansky"People would say we learned our lesson after World War II. Turns out we didn't learn shit."— Taika WaititiBut what kills me more than anything is they usually pick … the ones who don't have shit going for them.— Terry McMillan
the shits
vulgar : diarrhea


\ ˈshit How to pronounce shit (audio) \
shit or shat\ ˈshat How to pronounce shit (audio) \; shitting

Definition of shit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 vulgar : to defecate in
2 slang, vulgar : to attempt to deceive : bullshit

Examples of shit in a Sentence

Noun Don't give me that shit! Why are you telling me this shit? That movie was total shit. There's always some shit going on.
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First Known Use of shit


circa 1508, in the meaning defined at sense 5


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for shit


Middle English *shit, from Old English scite; akin to Old English -scītan to defecate


alteration of earlier shite, from Middle English shiten, from Old English -scītan; akin to Old High German scīzan to defecate and probably to Old English scēadan to separate — more at shed entry 1

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“Shit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of shit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: solid waste that is passed out of the body
: the act of passing solid waste from the body



English Language Learners Definition of shit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pass solid waste from the body : defecate
: to try to deceive or trick (someone)


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