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[shit] /ʃɪt/ Vulgar.
excrement; feces.
an act of defecating; evacuation.
the shits, diarrhea.
Slang. pretense, lies, exaggeration, or nonsense.
Slang. something inferior or worthless.
Slang. a selfish, mean, or otherwise contemptible person.
Slang. narcotic drugs, especially heroin or marijuana.
Slang. possessions, equipment, mementos, etc.; stuff.
verb (used without object), shit or shat, shitting.
to defecate.
verb (used with object), shit or shat, shitting.
Slang. to exaggerate or lie to.
Slang. to defecate in (one's clothes), as from terror or illness; soil (oneself):
She was so shocked, she shit her pants!
Slang. (used to express disgust, disappointment, frustration, contempt, or the like.)
give a shit, Slang. (often used in the negative) to care; be concerned: My ex will be at the party with his new girlfriend, but I don't give a shit.
Who gives a shit if you're going or not going!
no shit, Slang.
  1. (used to express amazement or incredulity):
    He got into MIT? No shit!
  2. (used to express one's annoyance with an obvious statement.)
in deep shit, Slang. in trouble:
If I don't study for that math test, I'll be in deep shit.
up shit / shit's creek, Slang. in a desperate or hopeless situation; in serious trouble:
You'd be up shit's creek if I wasn't here to bail you out, Billy—I'm telling you, this is the last time!
Also, up shit/shit's creek without a paddle.
Origin of shit
(v.) variant (with short i from past participle or noun) of earlier shite, Middle English shiten, Old English scītan; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schiten (Dutch schijten), Old High German skīzan (German scheissen); (noun) re-formation from the v., or continuation of Old English scite (in place names) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for in deep shit


verb shits, shitting, shitted, shit, shat
to defecate
(usually foll by on) (slang) to give the worst possible treatment (to)
faeces; excrement
an act of defecation
rubbish; nonsense
an obnoxious or worthless person
cannabis resin or heroin
in the shit, in trouble
the shit hits the fan, the real trouble begins
an exclamation expressing anger, disgust, etc
Also (esp dialect) shite (ʃaɪt)
Derived Forms
shitty, adjective
shittily, adverb
shittiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English scite (unattested) dung, scītan to defecate, of Germanic origin; related to Old English scēadan to separate, Old Norse skīta to defecate, Middle Dutch schitte excrement
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Word Origin and History for in deep shit



Old English scitan, from Proto-Germanic *skit- (cf. North Frisian skitj, Dutch schijten, German scheissen), from PIE *skei- "to cut, split, divide, separate" (see shed (v.)). The notion is of "separation" from the body (cf. Latin excrementum, from excernere "to separate," Old English scearn "dung, muck," from scieran "to cut, shear;" see sharn). It is thus a cousin to science and conscience.

"Shit" is not an acronym. The notion that it is a recent word might be partly because it was taboo from c.1600 and rarely appeared in print (neither Shakespeare nor the KJV has it), and even in "vulgar" publications of the late 18c. it is disguised by dashes. It drew the wrath of censors as late as 1922 ("Ulysses" and "The Enormous Room"), scandalized magazine subscribers in 1957 (a Hemingway story in "Atlantic Monthly") and was omitted from some dictionaries as recently as 1970 ("Webster's New World").

Extensive slang usage; meaning "to lie, to tease" is from 1934; that of "to disrespect" is from 1903. Shite, now a jocular or slightly euphemistic and chiefly British variant of the noun, formerly a dialectal variant, reflects the vowel in the Old English verb (cf. German scheissen); the modern verb has been influenced by the noun. Shat is a humorous past tense form, not etymological, first recorded 18c. To shit bricks "be very frightened" attested by 1961. The connection between fear and involuntary defecation has generated expressions since 14c., and probably also is behind scared shitless (1936).



Old English scitte "purging, diarrhea," from source of shit (v.). Sense of "excrement" dates from 1580s (Old English had scytel, Middle English shitel for "dung, excrement"), but use for "obnoxious person" is since at least 1508; meaning "misfortune, trouble" is attested from 1937. Shit-faced "drunk" is 1960s student slang; shit list is from 1942. Up shit creek "in trouble" is from 1937 (cf. salt river). To not give a shit "not care" is from 1922. Pessimistic expression Same shit different day attested from 1997. Shitticism is Robert Frost's word for scatological writing.

The expression [the shit hits the fan] is related to, and may well derive from, an old joke. A man in a crowded bar needed to defecate but couldn't find a bathroom, so he went upstairs and used a hole in the floor. Returning, he found everyone had gone except the bartender, who was cowering behind the bar. When the man asked what had happened, the bartender replied, 'Where were you when the shit hit the fan?' [Hugh Rawson, "Wicked Words," 1989]

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Slang definitions & phrases for in deep shit

in deep doo-doo

noun phrase

Very serious trouble: He was in deep shit with Big Lou/ Boy, is your ass in deep shit (1970s+)



An exclamation of disbelief, disgust, disappointment, emphasis, etc: Oh, shit, I missed the bus! (1920+)


: as well as shit loans to companies like Massey-Ferguson and Turbo Resources


  1. Feces; excrement; crap, poo (by 800s or earlier)
  2. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; bullshit: Neighborhood watch, public vigil, shit like that (1940s+)
  3. Offensive and contemptuous treatment; disrespect; insults: She don't take no shit from nobody (1903+)
  4. Anything of shoddy and inferior quality; pretentious and meretricious trash; crap, dreck: that ricegrinding piece of shit (1930+)
  5. One's possessions; one's personal effects: Get your shit, both of you are moving (1970s+)
  6. An obnoxious, disgusting, or contemptible person; a despicable wretch; prick, shitheel (1508+)
  7. Heroin or marijuana; also, other drugs: insisted on retaining the word ''shit'' as junkie slang for heroin (1940s+ Narcotics)
  8. Nothing; the least quantity; diddly: of whom I hadn't seen shit/ Engine's froze up, frame's out of line, not worth shit (1922+)
  9. Misfortune; hardship; grief: If you can keep those fucking maggots quiet, you're not going to get any shit from us (1937+)


  1. : They diurnally shit, shave, and shower (1308+)
  2. To lie; exaggerate; try to deceive: ''Don't shit me,'' said Dina/ ''You're shitting me, baby,'' he said/ The sky's the limit, Wilson, I shit you not (1934+)
  3. To respond powerfully, esp with alarm, anger, or panic; shit a brick: He'll shit when we tell him about this (1960s+)

Related Terms

act like one's shit doesn't stink, all that kind of crap, bad shit, blazes, bullshit, chicken-shit, clean up one's act, crock, diddly, does a bear shit in the woods, doodle-shit, eat shit, full of shit, good shit, have shit for brains, holy cow, horseshit, hot shit, i'll be damned, like hell, like pigs in clover, like shit through a tin horn, no shit, not give a damn, not know beans, not know shit from shinola, piece of shit, pile of shit, scare the shit out of someone, shoot the bull, shovel the shit, take a dump, take shit, think one's shit doesn't stink, tickle the shit out of someone,tough shit, treat someone like a doormat

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