Origin of bullshit

1910–15; bull1 (perhaps reinforced by bull3) + shit


bull·shit·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bullshit

/ (ˈbʊlʃɪt) slang /


exaggerated or foolish talk; nonsense
deceitful or pretentious talk
(in the British Army) exaggerated zeal, esp for ceremonial drill, cleaning, polishing, etcUsually shortened to: bull

verb -shits, -shitting or -shitted

(intr) to talk in an exaggerated or foolish manner
to talk bullshit to

Derived forms of bullshit

bullshitter, noun

usage for bullshit

This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
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