Pronunciation Noun

shit (uncountable)

  1. (countable, uncountable, colloquial, vulgar) Solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels; feces.
    • 2011, "Cholera and the super-loo", The Economist, 30 Jul 2011:
      The practice in most African and some Asian cities is for private lorries to suck up human waste and dump it in rivers. [...] In tackling the shit problem, economics could well be a clincher.
  2. (countable, colloquial, vulgar) An instance of defecation.
    Can't a guy take a shit in peace?
  3. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Rubbish; worthless matter.
    Throw that shit out!
  4. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Stuff, things.
    I want your shit out of my garage by tomorrow.
    Fuck it. I don't feel like doing this shit.
  5. (uncountable, colloquial, vulgar, definite, US) (the shit) The best of its kind.
    These grapes are the shit!
  6. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Nonsense; bullshit.
    Everything he says is a load of shit.
  7. (countable, vulgar, colloquial) A nasty, despicable person, used particularly of men.
    Her son has been a real shit to her.
    I am a shit and a rotter.
  8. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) (in negations) Anything.
    We don’t have shit to live on. = We don’t have anything to live on.
    John can't sing for shit. = John can't sing for anything. = John can't sing at all.
    You ain't shit. = You're nothing; you aren't worth anything.
  9. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A problem or difficult situation.
    I'm in some serious shit.
    Some shit went down at the nightclub last night.
  10. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A strong rebuke.
    I gave him shit for being three hours late twice in one week.
  11. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) any recreational drug, usually cannabis.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 28:
      ‘Now,’ he said, ‘if someone would close the curtains and light a joss-stick, I have here for your delight some twenty-four-carat black Nepalese cannabis resin which should be smoked immediately on account of it being seriously good shit.’
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: класс
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: que dalle
  • German: (einen) Scheiß
  • Portuguese: merda nenhuma
  • Russian: ничего́


  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Of poor quality; worthless.
    What a shit film that was!
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Nasty; despicable.
    That was a shit thing to do to him.
Translations Translations
  • French: dégueulasse
  • Russian: говённый
  • Spanish: mierdada

shit (shits, present participle shitting; past shit, past participle shit)

  1. (intransitive, vulgar, colloquial) To defecate.
  2. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To excrete (something) through the anus.
  3. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To fool or try to fool someone; to be deceitful.
    Twelve hundred dollars!? Are you shitting me!?
  4. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial, Australia) To annoy.
    That ad shits me to tears.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (vulgar) Expression of worry, failure, shock, etc., often at something seen for the first time or remembered immediately before using this term.
    Shit! I think that I forgot to pack my sleeping bag last night!
    Holy shit!
    Oh, shit!
  2. (vulgar) To show displeasure or surprise.
    "Oh, shit. I left my worksheet at home," she said to the language arts teacher, which got her in trouble.
  3. (vulgar) Used for mere emphasis; heck, hey.
    • , Darrell Smith, Miracle Baby
      All my comrades were laughing and clowning me, but shit, that didn't stop me from talking more shit.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: merde!
  • German: Scheiße!
  • Italian: merda!, cazzo!
  • Portuguese: merda!, droga!
  • Russian: ебать!
  • Spanish: ¡mierda!, ¡carajo!, ¡puta!

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