One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
excrement, excreta, dung, manure, muck, droppings, faeces, stools, cowpats, guano, night soil, sewage, dirt, filth, jakes, doings, scatView synonyms
- ‘However, he is always cheerful, jokey and smiling, which I guess you have to be if you spend your day playing around in other peoples' ordure.’
- ‘Distilling that heap of ordure down to only ten nuggets of blackest filth takes work.’
- ‘He appears to have been recently pelted with ordure.’
- ‘Thus, worse off than wild animals, many of which withdraw to a distance and conceal their ordure, the dwellers in these courts had converted their shame into a kind of money by which their lodging was to be paid.’
- ‘He lands in - perhaps he lives there - an ancient and gigantic fig tree, and in the morning proves that your sighting was no product of a late night out, he having spattered the footpath below with great dollops of ordure.’
- ‘The comparable wetness aside, our nation is small and open to scrutiny, so that any ordure left by the inhabitants tends to float around for public inspection for way too long.’
- ‘And without bins for dog ordure, we find ourselves carrying the stuff for miles - no wonder cleaning up after dogs isn't popular.’
- ‘Or are we supposed to approach 2020 smelling of ordure, and sinking in swill?’
- ‘Civilization means living in cities and cities are confronted, in a way more dispersed settlements are not, with heaps of garbage and ordure.’
- ‘Government inquiries and judicial tribunals have heaped further ordure upon this most conservative of professions.’
- ‘My bowels, recognising the significance of this moment, conspired to produce some ordure so foul smelling, that even I, its originator, was uncomfortable being in its presence.’
- ‘Perhaps if one refrained from singing because you loved the sound of your voice, people would be less likely to scoop up ordure and fling it at your head.’
- ‘We shower, we smear and spray ourselves with product, we defecate into artfully designed porcelain which takes away the ordure invisibly and more or less odourlessly.’
- ‘It's going to try to get a gun or a bomb in, so the hell with people throwing ordure from the public gallery - that's democracy.’
- ‘If more designers took this truth to heart and acted on it, maybe the quality of visual communication would improve and our daily experience of the media would feel less like wading through… bovine ordure.’
- ‘The mud must at times have been nothing less than liquid ordure.’
- ‘You couldn't fail to laugh when Big John completed his task of searching through a pile of ordure to secure ping-pong balls that allowed the housemates to get a drink.’
- ‘It was like watching a chimp trying to fashion a scale model of Michelangelo's David out of its own steaming ordure.’
- ‘Cony Rabbit Dunghill Cock Also called a hoope, bird that nestles in ordure, the lapwing.’
- ‘These sub-humans are attracted to the happiness of others like flies to ordure.’
- ‘Oblivious to the splish-splash, Slingblades frankfurter fingers snatched the mop into action causing the tangled mophead to swoop on and smear the pigeon ordure.’
- 1.1 Something regarded as vile or abhorrent.
- ‘But nor do I think it was quite the heap of steaming literary ordure that most reviewers found it to be.’
- ‘But he is bogged down by a terrible script - crammed with all that is clunky, cutesy and phoney - and surrounded by actors giving turns of pure ordure.’
- ‘Suddenly folk who pandered to his every whim are falling over themselves to add their deposit of ordure on his disgraced head.’
- ‘That way they won't blow your cover when the ordure hits the air-conditioning.’
Middle English: from Old French, from ord ‘foul’, from Latin horridus (see horrid).
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