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 shat


/ (ʃæt) /


taboo a past tense and past participle of shit taboo


/ (ʃɪt) taboo /

verb shits, shitting, shitted, shit or shat

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



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 shat
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