Definition of excrement in English:



  • [mass noun] Waste matter discharged from the bowels; faeces.

    • ‘One of the monkeys starts screeching, voids his bowels and flings his excrement at another monkey.’
    • ‘Some would casually pour daily household garbage, even excrement and urine, into the creek.’
    • ‘Urine and excrement had spilled into the corridors where they were sleeping.’
    • ‘Seventeen animals were found surrounded by excrement and urine.’
    • ‘The researchers took eastern box turtles captive for a day and identified seeds in their excrement.’
    • ‘Damage included excrement in a tea pot, broken prizeboards, smashed clocks and graffiti-covered walls.’
    • ‘The stench of waste and excrement fermenting in the sewers assailed his scent.’
    • ‘The disease can also be transmitted through contact with body secretions and excrement from infected animals.’
    • ‘The sight sickened her, as the smell reached her nostrils - decay, excrement and urine.’
    • ‘The squatters are living amid human and animal excrement and filth.’
    • ‘Only on the train home did the interviewer realise that he had tracked dog excrement across their immaculate white carpets.’
    • ‘The disease can spread on contact with body fluids such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.’
    • ‘Urine constitutes the bulk of human excrement and also contains most of the nutrients.’
    • ‘They were covered in excrement and standing in three-feet of manure with no bedding.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but giggle when they hit a sewage line and became covered in raw excrement.’
    • ‘But that just means our parks are now full of special bins containing flimsy plastic bags packed with excrement.’
    • ‘Feathers of infested birds are discolored by mite excrement and eggs, and the skin is scabby.’
    • ‘A prosecution will be brought if a warden witnesses a person in control of a dog who allows the pet to foul and who does not pick up the resulting excrement.’
    • ‘Smashed windows allowed in the pigeons, whose urine and excrement was untouched for years.’
    • ‘The ugly parts were the rampant filth, waste, and excrement in nearly every corner of the town.’
    faeces, excreta, stools, droppings
    waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, mess, muck
    sewage, black water
    poo, doo-doo, doings, caca
    cack, whoopsies, jobbies
    shit, crap, turds
    night soil, sullage
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Mid 16th century: from French excrément or Latin excrementum, from excernere to sift out (see excrete).