verb (used without object), pissed, piss·ing.

to urinate.


    piss away, Slang. to squander; fritter away:
    piss off, Slang.
    1. to anger.
    2. to go away; leave (often used imperatively).
    take a piss, to urinate.

Origin of piss

1250–1300; Middle English pissen < Old French pissier < Vulgar Latin *pisiāre (imitative)
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British Dictionary definitions for piss off

piss off

verb (adverb) slang

(tr; often passive) to annoy, irritate, or disappoint
(intr) mainly British to go away; depart, often used to dismiss a person



(intr) to urinate
(tr) to discharge as or in one's urineto piss blood


an act of urinating
Australian beer
on the piss drinking alcohol, esp in large quantities
piece of piss something easily obtained of achieved
take the piss to tease or make fun of someone or something
piss all over to be far superior toa version that pisses all over the original

Word Origin for piss

C13: from Old French pisser, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for piss off

(intransitive) "go away," 1958, chiefly British; (transitive) "annoy," 1968, chiefly U.S.; from piss (v.) + off. Pissed off "angry, fed up" is 1946, U.S. slang.



late 13c., from Old French pissier "urinate" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *pissiare, of imitative origin. To piss away (money, etc.) is from 1948. Related: Pissed; pissing. Pissing while (1550s) once meant "a short time."

He shall not piss my money against the wall; he shall not have my money to spend in liquor. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]



late 14c., from piss (v.). As a pure intensifier (piss-poor, piss-ugly, etc.) it dates from World War II. Piss and vinegar first attested 1942. Piss-prophet "one who diagnosed diseases by inspection of urine" is attested from 1620s. Piss proud "erect upon awakening" is attested from 1796.

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Idioms and Phrases with piss off

piss off


Make very angry, as in That letter pissed me off, or She was pissed off because no one had called her. [Vulgar slang; 1940s]


Go away, as in Piss off and stop bothering me. [Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]

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