Definition of shit in English:


nounPlural shits

mass nounvulgar slang
  • 1Faeces.

    excrement, bodily waste, waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, scat
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    1. 1.1count noun An act of defecating.
      excretion, discharging faeces, excreting faeces, passing faeces, evacuation of one's bowels, opening one's bowels, going to the lavatory
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    2. 1.2the shits Diarrhoea.
  • 2count noun A contemptible or worthless person.

    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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  • 3Something worthless; rubbish; nonsense.

    ‘this book is shit’
    nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine
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    1. 3.1 Unpleasant experiences or treatment.
      ‘I went through a lot of shit last year’
      painful experience, unpleasant experience, trial, tribulation, test, nightmare, trauma, baptism of fire, hell, hell on earth, misery, trouble, difficulty, torture, torment, agony
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  • 4Things or stuff, especially personal belongings.

    ‘he left his shit at my flat’
    belongings, possessions, stuff, property, worldly goods, goods, personal effects, effects, paraphernalia, impedimenta, bits and pieces, bits and bobs
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    1. 4.1 Events or circumstances.
      ‘some crazy shit happened last night’
      events, happenings, affairs, business
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  • 5An intoxicating drug, especially cannabis.

    narcotic, stimulant, hallucinogen, addictive drug, recreational drug, illegal drug, substance
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verbshits, shat, shitting, shitted

vulgar slang
  • 1no object Expel faeces from the body.

    excrete, discharge faeces, excrete faeces, pass faeces, have a bowel movement, have a bm, evacuate one's bowels, open one's bowels, void excrement, relieve oneself, go to the lavatory
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    1. 1.1shit oneselfwith object Soil one's clothes as a result of expelling faeces accidentally.
    2. 1.2shit oneselfwith object Be very frightened.
  • 2with object Tease or try to deceive (someone).


vulgar slang
  • An exclamation of disgust, anger, or annoyance.


  • (as) — as shit

    • vulgar slang Used for emphasis.

  • be the shit

    • vulgar slang Be outstandingly good or impressive.

  • kick (or beat) the shit out of

    • vulgar slang Beat (someone) very severely.

  • be shitting bricks

    • vulgar slang Be extremely nervous or frightened.

      fret, be worried, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, brood, dwell on, panic, get in a panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get in a fluster, get overwrought, be on tenterhooks
      anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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  • do bears shit in the woods?

    • vulgar slang Used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious.

  • for shits and giggles

    • vulgar slang For no reason except to amuse oneself; for fun.

  • get one's shit together

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

  • give someone the shits

    • vulgar slang, informal Make someone annoyed or angry.

  • in the shit (or in deep shit)

    • vulgar slang In trouble.

      in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
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  • like shit

    • vulgar slang Very bad or badly.

      ‘drummers get treated like shit’
      ‘I felt like shit this morning’
  • lose one's shit

    • vulgar slang Lose one's composure.

  • no shit

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

  • not give a shit

    • vulgar slang Not care at all.

  • not know shit

    • vulgar slang Not know anything.

  • shit for brains

    • vulgar slang A stupid person.

      idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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  • be up shit creek (without a paddle)

    • vulgar slang Be in an awkward predicament.

      in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
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  • when the shit hits the fan

    • vulgar slang When the disastrous consequences of something become public.


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