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[boo l-shit]Slang: Vulgar.
  1. nonsense, lies, or exaggeration.
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verb (used with object), bull·shit·ted or bull·shit, bull·shit·ting.
  1. to lie or exaggerate to.
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verb (used without object), bull·shit·ted or bull·shit, bull·shit·ting.
  1. to speak lies or nonsense.
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  1. (used especially to express disagreement.)
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Origin of bullshit

1910–15; bull1 (perhaps reinforced by bull3) + shit
Related formsbull·shit·ter, noun
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Related Words for bullshits

bull, crap, rubbish, gibberish, hogwash, nonsense, drivel, bunk, guff, moonshine, flim-flam, bosh, poppycock, hokum, posh, hooey, malarkey, baloney, phooey, bunkum

British Dictionary definitions for bullshits


  1. exaggerated or foolish talk; nonsense
  2. deceitful or pretentious talk
  3. (in the British Army) exaggerated zeal, esp for ceremonial drill, cleaning, polishing, etcUsually shortened to: bull
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verb -shits, -shitting or -shitted
  1. (intr) to talk in an exaggerated or foolish manner
  2. to talk bullshit to
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Derived Formsbullshitter, noun


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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Word Origin and History for bullshits



"eloquent and insincere rhetoric," 1915, American English slang; see bull (n.1) + shit (n.), probably because it smells. But bull in the sense of "trivial or false statements" (1914), which usually is associated with this, might be a continuation of Middle English bull "false talk, fraud" (see bull (n.3)).

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by 1942, from bullshit (n.). Related: Bullshitted; bullshitting.

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