Definition of shit in US English:



vulgar slang
  • 1Feces.

    excrement, bodily waste, waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, scat
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    1. 1.1 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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  • 2A 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; garbage; 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 apartment’
    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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  • 5Any psychoactive drug, especially marijuana.

    narcotic, stimulant, hallucinogen, addictive drug, recreational drug, illegal drug, substance
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vulgar slang
  • 1no object Expel feces 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 oneself Soil one's clothes as a result of expelling feces accidentally.
    2. 1.2shit oneself Be very frightened.
  • 2with object Tease or try to deceive (someone)

    ‘I shit you not’


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

      see beat
  • 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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  • get one's shit together

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

  • lose one's shit

    • vulgar slang Lose one's composure.

  • no shit

    • vulgar slang Used to seek confirmation of the truth of a statement or to confirm 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.

  • eat shit

    • vulgar slang An exclamation expressing anger or contempt for, or rejection of, someone.

  • for shits and giggles

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

  • in deep shit (or in the shit)

    • vulgar slang In trouble; in a difficult situation.

      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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  • not worth a shit

    • vulgar slang Worthless.

  • shit on someone

    • vulgar slang Show contempt or disregard for someone.


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