Nearby words

  1. shish kebab,
  2. shish-kebab,
  3. shisha,
  4. shishya,
  5. shiso,
  6. shit disturber,
  7. shit fit,
  8. shit on,
  9. shit on a shingle,
  10. shit or get off the pot


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for give a shit


verb shits, shitting, shitted, shit or 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 Formsshitty, adjectiveshittily, adverbshittiness, noun

Word Origin for shit

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 give a shit
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Idioms and Phrases with give a shit

give a shit

see under not give a damn.

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