Idioms

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)
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British Dictionary definitions for give a shit

shit

/ (ʃɪt) taboo /

verb shits, shitting, shitted, shit or shat

to defecate
(usually foll by on) slang to give the worst possible treatment (to)

noun

interjection

an exclamation expressing anger, disgust, etc
Also (esp dialect): shite (ʃaɪt)

Derived Forms

shitty, 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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Idioms and Phrases with give a shit

give a shit


see under not give a damn.

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