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sheeny pronunciation
  • /ˈʃiːni/
etymology 1 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A Jew.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses: Shylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging and quartering of the queen’s leech Lopez, his jew’s heart being plucked forth while the sheeny was yet alive
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 6: One time in Humboldt Park Leo "Bow" Gisensohn, our leader, didn't like the way a cop down by the lake called him "sheeny."
Synonyms: yid, kike
etymology 2 From sheen + -y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having a sheen; glossy
  2. Bright; shining; radiant. A sheeny summer morn. — Tennyson.
sheep etymology From Middle English sheep, scheep, schep, schepe, from Old English scēap, from Proto-Germanic *skēpą (compare Western Frisian skiep, Northern Frisian schäip, Dutch schaap, German Schaf), beside *keppô (compare Old Norse kjappi, dialectal German Kippe), of unknown origin. Perhaps from the same xsc word (compare Ossetic цӕу 〈cæu〉, Persian چپش 〈cẖpsẖ〉)Vladimir Orel, ''A Handbook of Germanic Etymology'', s.vv. "*keppōn", "*skēpan" (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 213, 340 which was borrowed into Albanian as cjap, sqap and into Slavic (compare Polish cap). After Kroonen, *skēpą is instead from the root of Proto-Germanic *skabaną via .Guus Kroonen (2011), ''The Proto-Germanic ''n-''stems: a study in diachronic morphophonology'' [], Rodopi, ISBN 9042032936. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ʃiːp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis.
  2. A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.
  3. (chiefly, humorous) plural of shoop
Synonyms: See also
  • Abenaki: azib (from "(a) sheep")
  • Ephes.
sheepfucker etymology From sheep + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
sheeple Alternative forms: sheople etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) People who unquestioningly accept as true whatever their political leaders say or who adopt popular opinion as their own without scrutiny.
    • 2005 Sept. 11, Glen Justice and John Files, "Commemoration or Promotion? Walk Highlights Iraq Divide," New York Times (retrieved 21 Aug 2014): War protesters . . . did appear along Mr. Rumsfeld's path carrying signs saying "Bush is a Liar" and "Wake Up, Sheeple".
    • 2009 Aug. 27, Aaron Wherry, "The Commons: You bore us, Mr. Ignatieff," Macleans (Canada) (retrieved 21 Aug 2014): [F]ormer MP Garth Turner’s new book . . . is entitled Sheeple, a term apparently applied to people who often take on the characteristics—curly white hair covering most of the body, fondness for grazing, tendency to do as told—of sheep.
    • 2010 Aug. 20, Richard Adams, "The American far-right's top 10 paranoid conspiracy theories (photo caption)," Guardian (UK) (retrieved 21 Aug 2014) Harmless vapour trails left by planes? That's what they want you to think, sheeple.
Synonyms: sheep
  • free-thinker
  • sceptic/skeptic
sheepshagger Alternative forms: sheep-shagger, sheep shagger etymology From sheep + shag + er - originally military slang. First used in the 1950s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A man who engages in or is said to engage in sexual intercourse with sheep; usually used as a slur for a rural person seen as unsophisticated.
    • 1958, John Le Carré, The Naive and Sentimental Lover "Landlord, you're a lowlander and a sheep-shagger and you come from Gerrard's Cross. Goodnight."
    • 1958, Mark Bence-Jones, Paradise Escaped iv. 73 I used to know a Rockburn once... He was in the Sheep Shaggers.
    • 1982, Private Eye, 2 July, 11/1 She is now back and planning a Victory Parade not to mention her own visit to the newly reconquered territories to receive the homage of the grateful sheepshaggers, all fifty-nine of them.
    • 1992, Ian Pattison, More Rab C. Nesbitt Scripts, 62 Who are you calling a sheepshagger?
    • 2003, Ian Rankin, The Falls ...he'd yelled from his window, giving each sheep-shagger and country bumpkin the finger as he got on the mobile...
  2. (British, slang, derogatory) a term of abuse for inhabitants of various countries or regions which have large populations of sheep
    1. a person from Wales
      • 2007, , Christmas Special Shaun: Kids can be cruel, eh? Darren: Yeah. They can. Shaun: What do they say? Darren: You know what they say. Shaun: What, "lanky four-eyed twat"? Darren: Yeah. Shaun: "Weirdo goggle-eyed gimp"? Darren: Sometimes. Shaun: "Frankenstein's albino gonk"? Darren: I've never heard that one. Shaun: It's so easy to have a go at a bloke who looks like you, you're just easy pickings, and it's... [trails off and shakes his head] Darren: "Sheepshagger" they've said sometimes as well. Shaun: I thought "sheepshagger" was Welsh. Darren: No, it can be Bristol as well. Shaun: I thought Bristol was inbreeding. Darren: Sheepshagging, inbreeding, slavery... we're famous for loads of stuff down there. Shaun: Oh, all right.
    2. a person from New Zealand
    3. a supporter of Derby County F.C., a reference to the club nickname of The Rams
sheepshit etymology sheep + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The excrement of a sheep.
    • 1996, Ursula K Le Guin, Worlds of exile and illusion And I am a green walnut, and you a fish, and those mountains are made of roasted sheepshit! Have it your way. Speak the truth and hear the truth.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Neill, Blood-Dark Track: A Family History He led me into a field bespattered with sheepshit. 'Here we are,' he said. 'Here's the old German camp.'
    • 2004, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Still Life with Crows Whiskey over here, amigo. What's this you've been feeding us, Hoss, boiled sheepshit?
    • 2004, Peter Temple, Identity Theory A croft in the Welsh wilderness, wind never stops howling, natives slathered in sheepshit and woad, incomprehensible tongue, nasty secessionist tendencies.
sheepy etymology sheep + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling a sheep, except in sheepish behavior.
related terms:
  • sheepish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) sheep
Sheerio etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the English singer Ed Sheeran.
    • 2013, Kady Kohankie, "British Takeover", The Marquee (Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas), Volume 28, Issue 2, 8 November 2013, page 14: With his trademark red hair and award winning songs, Sheeran has invaded the lives of Sheerios across America.
    • 2014, Danny Schrafel, "'Sheerios' Conquer Huntington", Half Hollow Hills Newspaper, Volume 16, Issue 22, 10 July 2014, page A2: Hordes of "Sheerios" descended on Huntington village Saturday night after star Ed Sheeran announced he would play a surprise concert at The Paramount that evening.
    • 2015, Troy Sherman & Jael Goldfine, "57th Grammy Awards", The Cornell Daily Sun (Cornell University), Volume 131, Number 86, page 8: Ed Sheeran: Ever since I saw Mr. Sheeran do about as much justice to Nina Simone's "Be My Husband" as a white, orange-headed English man-boy possibly could, I've been a bit of a closet Sheerio.
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shegetz {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: shegitz, shaigetz, shaigets, shkotzFred Kogos, ''Dictionary of Yiddish Slang and Idioms'' (1968, ISBN 0806503475) etymology From Yiddish שייגעץ 〈şyygʻẕ〉, from Hebrew שֶׁקֶץ 〈şěqeẕ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A gentile, a non-Jewish male.
related terms:
  • shiksa
shehe etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) An androgynous person.
she-he pronunciation
  • /ʃiːhiː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A transsexual or transgender male; a male person who is biologically female.
    • 2009, Tom Walker, Fort Apache: New York's Most Violent Precinct, p. 98: They are the ugliest assortment of hes, shes, he-shes, and she-hes in the world.
  • he-she
sheik Alternative forms: sheikh, shaykh etymology From Arabic شَيْخ 〈sẖaẙkẖ〉, from شَاخَ 〈sẖākẖa〉. pronunciation
  • /ʃeɪk/ or /ʃiːk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe.
  2. An Islamic religious clergy; the leader of an Islamic religious order.
  3. (some Arab Gulf countries) An official title for members of the royal family as well as some prominent families.
  4. (1920s) A romantic lover. (from the 1921 film The Sheikh)
    • 1939, , Coming Up for Air, part 1, chapter 1: When your last natural tooth goes, the time when you can kid yourself that you're a Hollywood sheik, is definitely at an end.
  5. (slang) An Arab, especially one dressed in traditional clothing.
  6. An honorific for specialists in spirituality.
The use for a religious leader is colloquial as a means of respect. There is no official title.
  • hikes
sheila etymology From Sheila.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A woman.
    • 2009, Rosemary Van Den Berg, Clogs and Bare Feet, page 208, He was a real gentleman and although he never asked any personal questions as to why ‘a couple of sheilas’ was hitch hiking to Perth, he said he was glad of the company.
    • 2010, Deke Rivers, The Singer and His Songs, page 22, “…You know I counted no less than fifty-five sheilas out on the street today, all screaming when you guys played.”
    • 2011, Kate Shayler, Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, page 8, I definitely didn′t think about getting married. I was real scared of sheilas back then.
coordinate terms:
  • bloke, bruce (Australian)
Synonyms: See
  • See
  • Elisha
shekel {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: sheqel etymology From Hebrew שֶׁקֶל 〈şěqel〉, from שָׁקַל 〈şá̌qal〉, from Akkadian . pronunciation
  • /ˈʃekəl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A currency unit of both ancient and modern Israel.
  2. (informal) money.
  3. An ancient unit of weight equivalent to one-fiftieth of a mina.
shelfie etymology From shelf + ie, by analogy with selfie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A photograph of a bookshelf/bookcase taken by its owner and shared on social media.
    • 2013, Hector Tobar, "Hey everybody, let's 'shelfie!'", Los Angeles Times, 18 December 2013: Besides a feline closeup she’s placed on one shelf, and an opera mask on another, her shelfie shows a wonderful collection of books about music, including “The Rough Guide to Opera,” several biographies of Mozart and the history “Women Making Music.”
    • 2014, Dale Hrabi, "The Rise of the 'Shelfie': Instagram's Next Craze", The Wall Street Journal, 25 April 2014: She's certainly observed the rate at which people are posting shelfies on Instagram.
    • 2014, "Sharing your shelfie", Winnipeg Free Press, 31 May 2014: Some practitioners have tried to position the shelfie as "the intellectual's selfie," making it seem like some digital form of 17th-century Dutch still-life painting.
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shell {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English schelle, from Old English (Anglian) scell 'eggshell, seashell', (South) sciell, sciel, from Proto-Germanic *skaljō (compare West Frisian skyl, Dutch schil, Low German Schell), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (compare Irish scelec, Latin silex, siliqua, Old Church Slavonic сколика 〈skolika〉). More at shale. Doublet of sheal. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃɛl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hard external covering of an animal.
    1. The calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusk, crustacean, and some other invertebrate. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefish, the shell is concealed by the animal's outer mantle and is considered internal. Genuine mother of pearl buttons are made from sea shells.
    2. (by extension) Any mollusk having such a covering.
    3. (entomology) The exoskeleton or wing cover of certain insects.
    4. The conjoined scute that comprise the "shell" (carapace) of a tortoise or turtle.
    5. The overlapping hard plates comprising the armor covering the armadillo's body.
  2. The hard calcareous covering of a bird egg.
  3. The hard external covering of various plant seed forms.
    1. The covering, or outside part, of a nut. The black walnut and the hickory nut, both of the same Genus as the pecan, have much thicker and harder shells than the pecan.
    2. A pod containing the seeds of certain plants, such as the legume Phaseolus vulgaris.
    3. (in the plural) Husks of cacao seed, a decoction of which is sometimes used as a substitute or adulterant for cocoa and its products such as chocolate.
  4. The accreted mineral formed around a hollow geode.
  5. The casing of a self-contained single-unit artillery projectile.
  6. A hollow usually spherical or cylindrical projectile fired from a siege mortar or a smoothbore cannon. It contains an explosive substance designed to be ignite by a fuse or by percussion at the target site so that it will burst and scatter at high velocity its contents and fragment. Formerly called a bomb.
  7. The cartridge of a breechloading firearm; a load; a bullet; a round.
  8. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in, as the shell of a house.
  9. A garment, usually worn by women, such as a shirt, blouse, or top, with short sleeves or no sleeves, that often fastens in the rear.
  10. A coarse or flimsy coffin; a thin interior coffin enclosed within a more substantial one. {{rfquotek}}
  11. (music) A string instrument, as a lyre, whose acoustical chamber is formed like a shell. The first lyre may have been made by drawing string over the underside of a tortoise shell.
    • Dryden when Jubal struck the chorded shell
  12. (music) The body of a drum; the often wooden, often cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and for attach the drum head.
  13. An engrave copper roller used in print work.
  14. (nautical) The watertight outer covering of the hull of a vessel, often made with planking or metal plating.
  15. (nautical, rigging) The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheave revolve.
  16. (nautical) A light boat whose frame is covered with thin wood, impermeable fabric, or water-proofed paper; a racing shell or dragon boat.
  17. (computing) An operating system software user interface, whose primary purpose is to launch other program and control their interactions; the user's command interpreter. The name shell originates from it being viewed as an outer layer of interface between the user and the internals of the operating system. The name "Bash" is an acronym which stands for "Bourne-again shell", itself a pun on the name of the "Bourne shell", an earlier Unix shell designed by Stephen Bourne, and the Christian concept of being "born again".
  18. (chemistry) A set of atomic orbital that have the same principal quantum number.
  19. An emaciated person. He's lost so much weight from illness; he's a shell of his former self.
  20. A psychological barrier to social interaction. Even after months of therapy he's still in his shell.
  21. (business) A legal entity that has no operations. A shell corporation was formed to acquire the old factory.
  22. A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is ground to shape.
  23. A gouge bit or shell bit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
  2. To bombard, to fire projectiles at, especially with artillery.
  3. (informal) To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
  4. (intransitive) To fall off, as a shell, crust, etc.
  5. (intransitive) To cast the shell, or exterior covering; to fall out of the pod or husk. Nuts shell in falling. Wheat or rye shells in reaping.
  6. (computing, intransitive) To switch to a shell or command line.
    • 1993, Robin Nixon, The PC Companion (page 115) Automenu is a good program to try, and offers a fair amount of protection - but, unfortunately, it's one of those systems that allow users to shell to DOS.
  • hells
shellac {{wikipedia}} etymology shell + lac, calque translation of French laque + en + écaille
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A processed secretion of the lac insect, Coccus lacca; used in polish, varnish etc.
Synonyms: E904 when used as a glazing agent
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To coat something with shellac.
  2. (informal, US) To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.
    • 1987 , The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election (Simon and Schuster), p. 21: In 1964 Goldwater ran rambunctiously, flat-out against government. He got shellacked.
    • 1987 and Ray Robinson, Oh, Baby, I Love It! (Villard Books), p. 220: In another the Mets were shellacked, 9-1, with a stray ninth-inning home run by Strawberry after two outs, preventing a shutout.
shellack Alternative forms: shellac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a type of lac or vanish
  2. (informal, US) to get defeated in competition
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to apply shellack on something
  2. (informal, US) to beat repeatedly
  3. (informal, US) to defeat decisively
shellacking etymology Noun sense: shellac is used in floor polish; compare polishing, as in "the other boxer in the match polished the floor with me; I took quite a polishing".
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of shellac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) A heavy defeat, drubbing, or beating; used particularly in sports and political contexts.
    • 1929 , vol. 75 (July, 1929), p. 49: The News baseball team defeated the Press-Guardian outfit, 8 to 4, in a recent game, which squares accounts for the shellacking the News received a year ago.
    • 1929 , "National Affairs: Vote Castings", November 18, 1929: Mourned Candidate La Guardia: "What a shellacking they gave me!"
    • 1929 , vol. 12 (December, 1929), p. 21: Our baseball team got off to an indifferent start at the beginning of the season, but [...] "Steve" Newman gave Gonzalo another shellacking that he won't forget for some time.
    • 1944 , "Defeats of the Home Front" (news article, February 23, 1944; reprinted in Writings of Frank Marshall Davis: A Voice of the Black Press, University Press of Mississippi, 2009, p. 126): Unity and democracy are still taking a shellacking here on the home front, despite our successes in the Marshall Islands and in Italy.
    • 2009 , Strengthening Congress, p. 69: After many months of watching its public image take a shellacking as a result of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, Congress finally started to move on lobby reform.
    • 2010 , "What Does He Do Now?", , October 17, 2010: [C]learly Obama hopes that just as Clinton recovered from his party's midterm shellacking in 1994 to win re-election two years later, so can he.
    • 2010 Ben Shpigel, "Charmed Giants Take a Big First Step," , October 28, 2010: Bochy was speaking for the masses, who watched a supposed duel of Cy Young award winners evolve into a full-fledged shellacking.
    • 2010 November 4, , comments at a press conference, after his political party lost control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections: Now, I'm not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I took last night.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a similar shape to a seashell
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) The ear, particularly in set phrases. Can I have a quick word in your shell-like, when you've got a moment?
shelltoes etymology shell + toes
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) A style of basketball shoe with a segmented rubber upper resembling a seashell.
  • shelltoe is used as an attributive form, as in "shelltoe sneakers".
shelve etymology From (plural of) shelf. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃɛlv/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to place on a shelf The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.
  2. (transitive) to store, set aside, quit, or halt They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.
  3. To furnish with shelves. to shelve a closet or a library
  4. (Wales, slang) to have sex with
Synonyms: (set aside) pigeonhole, table
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rocky ledge or shelf.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, II.181: And all was stillness, save the sea-bird's cry, / And dolphin's leap, and little billow crossed / By some low rock or shelve, that made it fret / Against the boundary it scarcely wet.
  • helves
shemale {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: she-male etymology she + male pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈʃi.meɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) A male-to-female transsexual or transgender person.
  • hefemale
sheng nu {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: shengnü, shengnu, sheng nü etymology From cmn 剩女 〈shèng nǚ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A woman in her mid- to late twenties and not yet married, particularly an unmarried successful businesswoman.
    • 2010 Schott, Ben (15 March 2010). "Leftover Ladies & 3S Women". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2013. The increasing prevalence of shengnü in China has boosted the number of shengnan – leftover men.
    • 2012, Fincher, Leta Hong (12 October 2012). "OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; China's 'Leftover' Women". . Retrieved 2 April 2013: In 2007, the Women’s Federation defined “leftover” women (sheng nu) as unmarried women over the age of 27 and China’s Ministry of Education added the term to its official lexicon.
    • 2012, Robert L. Moore and Li Wei, "Modern Love in China", in Michele Antoinette Paludi, The Psychology of Love, volume 1, page 31: Most of these parents come to this “marriage market” out of concern for their child being sheng nu (leftover women) or sheng nan (leftover men))—a rather stigmatized term for a growing number of young men and young women in their late twenties and early thirties who are well educated and career-minded but still single.
    • 2012, Sebag-Montefiore, Clarissa (August 21, 2012). "Romance With Chinese Characteristics". . Retrieved 2013-12-24. Women, meanwhile, must be married by 27; after that they are branded sheng nu or “leftover women.” (This derogatory term — whose prefix “sheng” is the same word used in “leftover food” — was listed as a new word in 2007 by the Chinese Ministry of Education).
    • 2013, Liza Mundy, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Our Culture, page 211: In China, the growing ranks of educated unmarried females are referred to as sheng nu, or “left—over women.”
    • 2013, "BE MY KEPT WOMAN - actress asked to 'name her price'", Malaysia Chronicle (Wednesday, July 31, 2013): "I'm definitely a 'sheng nu' (leftover woman). Women should learn to take it in their stride, and (realise) it's just a label that society gives us," Tsui said.
Synonyms: 3S (single, seventies (1970s), and stuck)Schott, Ben (15 March 2010). [ "Leftover Ladies & 3S Women"]. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2013., spinster, catherinette
  • Used especially of educated mainland Chinese women.
she-oak etymology From she + oak. pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈʃioʊk/
  • (UK) /ˈʃiːəʊk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU) Any of various tree and shrub of the family Casuarinaceae growing in Australasia and parts of Asia.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 96: When she swung the belt again he crossed his fingers for her and screwed up his face in sympathy when it caught, in mid-air, on a branch of a big old she-oak that hung above the falls.
  2. (AU slang, now rare) Beer.
shepherd etymology From Old English sceaphierde, a compound of scēap and hierde. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈʃɛp.ərd/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A person who tend sheep, especially a grazing flock.
    • {{RQ:SWymn ChpngBrgh}} It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  2. (figurative) Someone who watches over, looks after, or guide somebody.
    • 1769, Oxford Standard text, , , 23, i, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  3. (figurative) The pastor of a church; one who guides others in religion.
Synonyms: sheepherder
coordinate terms:
  • shepherdess
related terms:
  • bearherd
  • cowherd
  • goatherd
  • gooseherd
  • herd
  • herder
  • herding dog
  • herd instinct
  • herd's grass
  • herdsman
  • Herdsman (the constellation Boötes)
  • herdswoman
  • neatherd
  • hogherd
  • horseherd
  • oxherd
  • swanherd
  • swineherd
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To watch over; to guide
  2. (Australian rules football) For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.
sheqel {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: shekel etymology From Hebrew שֶׁקֶל 〈şěqel 〉, from שָׁקַל 〈şá̌qal〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃekəl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A currency unit of both ancient and modern Israel.
  2. (informal) money.
Sherlock etymology Supposedly from an Old English scir-lock "bright-lock". One of a group of surnames originally denoting hair colour, parallel to Blacklock, Harlock (har "grey"), Silverlock.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
  2. A given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (humorous) A detective (from Sherlock Holmes), especially used ironically to address somebody who has stated the obvious.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To deduce; to figure out; to solve.
    • 1921, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, Rainy Week, E. P Dutton (1921), page 77: "Anybody could have Sherlocked at a glance," sniffed young Kennilworth, "that it had been packed by a crazy person!"
    • 1921, C. N. Williamson & A. M. Williamson, The Brightener, Doubleday (1921), page 274: But almost at once I told myself that I ought to have Sherlocked the truth the moment this troubled, beautiful being had appeared on deck.
    • 1997, Bharati Mukherjee, Leave It to Me, Fawcett Columbine (1997), ISBN 9780307792297, unnumbered page: He wasn't crew, and he wasn't talent. I Sherlocked that from his clothes: …
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  2. (informal) To search; to hunt; to seek.
    • 1908, The Blue and Gold, Volume 35, page 52: That afternoon when the boys were in the field Mr. Frickstad sherlocked around in the tents and under the cots looking for a missing rocking-chair.
    • 1917, The National Provisioner, Volume 56, Part 1, page 33: It is reported that Governor McCall will also appoint a committee to investigate the high cost of living, but in the meantime individual investigators have Sherlocked around and their stories would make DeQuincy's Life of an Opium Eater fade into insignificance.
    • 1919, Theatre Magazine, Volumes 29-30, page 24: Mlle. Belge's eyes Sherlocked over her chorus until it matched up those curls.
  3. (computing) To obsolete a unique feature in third-party software by introducing a similar or identical feature to the OS or a first-party program/app.
    • 2012, "You've been sherlocked", The Economist, 13 July 2012: The thing software developers fear most is being "sherlocked".
    • 2013, Alex Hern, "Sherlocked: how Mavericks is making some apps obsolete", The Guardian, 28 October 2013: All three developers are in a position common enough that it even has a name in the community. They have been "sherlocked".
    • 2014, Javed Anwer, "WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying features", The Times of India, 3 June 2014: Last year, when Apple released iOS 7 it added a feature to the Photo app, allowing users to sort photos on the basis of location and date. Photoworks, a third-party app, too offered same functionality. In response, app developer Stephen Orth tweeted, "I guess my new app just got sherlocked."
sherpa {{wikipedia}} etymology From Sherpa The verb derives from the noun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male of the Sherpa people employed as a mountain guide or porter.
  2. An expert sent by a country’s leader to a summit meeting.
  3. (slang) a mountain climbing porter
  4. A synthetic fabric with a long, thick pile, similar to faux fur, imitation lamb wool{{,}} or fleece.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) To serve as a guide or porter for another.
  • pasher, phaser, phrase, seraph, shaper, sharpe, sphear
Shi'a {{wikipedia}} etymology From Arabic شيعة 〈sẖyʿẗ〉. Alternative forms: Shia, Shiah, Shi'ah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The branch of Islam that believe that Ali succeed Muhammad as leader{{,}} and that places emphasis on the prophet's family.
    • 1998, Geert H. Hofstede, Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures, page 181: In Islam, Sunni is a more triumphant version of the faith than Shia, which stresses the importance of suffering, following the founder Ali, who was persecuted.
    • 2008, J. Gordon Melton, The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena, Visible Ink Press, page 181: Shi’a is one of the two larger divisions of Islam, …
    • Bruce Anthony Collet, Refugee Education as a Gauge of Liberal Multiculturalism: Iraqi Students in Jordan and the United States in 2013, Heidi Biseth, Halla B. Holmarsdottir, Human Rights in the Field of Comparative Education, Sense Publishers, page 158: Jordanians do not know what Shi’a is about, and it was very recently, [the] last few years, when we start[ed] being exposed to Shi’a.
  2. One who follows Shi'a Islam; a Shiite.
Synonyms: (follower of Shi'a Islam) Shia, Shiite, rafidah (offensive)
coordinate terms:
  • (person) Sunni, Sufi, Ahle Quran, Ahmadi, 5 percenter, Ibadi, Mahdavi, Moorish Scientist
  • ahis
  • Siha
shicer etymology Perhaps from German Scheißer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A worthless thing or person, especially a swindler.
  2. (Australia, slang) An unproductive claim or mine, a duffer.
shickered Alternative forms: shikkered etymology From Yiddish שיכּור 〈şyk̇wr〉, from Hebrew שיכּור 〈şyk̇wr〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃɪkəd/
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of shicker
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (AU, NZ, colloquial) Drunk.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 458: ‘I'm shikkered. I've never been so shikkered before. Do you know how I know? Because,’ he started giggling, ‘because I don't normally fucking swear.’
    • 1994, Annamarie Jagose, In Translation, p. 13: 'You're shickered, dear.' She is coolly diagnostic. 'You know what you're like when you're shickered.'
shield {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ʃiːld/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English shelde, from Old English scield, from Proto-Germanic *skelduz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keit-, *(s)keid-, *kheit-. Cognate with Western Frisian skyld, Dutch schild, German Schild, Danish skjold, Icelandic skjöldur, Latin scūtum, Irish sciath, Latgalian škīda, Lithuanian skydas, Russian щит 〈ŝit〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Anything that protect or defend; defense; shelter; protection.
    1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
      • 1592, “Go muster men. My counsel is my shield; We must be brief when traitors brave the field.”, William Shakespeare, Richard III (play), Act 4, Scene 3, line 56
      • 1599, “Knock go and come; God's vassals drop and die; And sword and shield, In bloody field, Doth win immortal fame.”, William Shakespeare, Henry V (play), Act III, Scene II, line 8
      • 1786, “The shields used by our Norman ancestors were the triangular or heater shield, the target or buckler, the roundel or rondache, and the pavais, pavache, or tallevas.”, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “My client welcomed the judge […] and they disappeared together into the Ethiopian card-room, which was filled with the assegais and exclamation point shields Mr. Cooke had had made at the sawmill at Beaverton.”
    2. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
      • 1611, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”, The Holy Bible, King James Version, Book of Genesis 15:1
    3. (lichenology) In lichen, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    4. (mining) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
    5. (science fiction) A field of energy that protects or defends.
  2. Something shaped like a shield, usually an inverted triangle with slightly curved lower sides.
    1. (heraldry) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearing in coats of arms.
    2. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield.
      • “Bespotted as with shields of red and black.”, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, 1590
    3. (obsolete) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
    4. (transport) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route.
    5. (colloquial, law enforcement) A police badge.
      • “The chief put something in his hand and Bosch looked down to see the gold detective's shield.”, The Closers (novel), Michael Connelly, 2005
  3. (geology) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock.
    1. (geology) A wide and relatively low-profiled volcano, usually composed entirely of lava flows.
hyponyms: {{hyp-top3}}
  • buckler
  • heatshield
  • pavache
  • pavais
  • rondache
  • roundel
  • sunshield
  • tallevas
  • targe
  • target
etymology 2 From Old English scieldan.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To protect, to defend.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (electricity) to protect from the influence of
  • delish
shift {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English schiften, from Old English sciftan, from Proto-Germanic *skiftijaną, *skiptijaną, for earlier *skipatjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *skeyb-, from Proto-Indo-European *skēy-. Cognate with Scots schift, skift, Western Frisian skifte, skiftsje, Dutch schiften, German schichten, Swedish skifta, Norwegian skifte, Icelandic skipta. pronunciation
  • /ʃɪft/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) a type of women's undergarment, a slip Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
  2. a change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
  3. an act of shifting; a slight movement or change
    • Sir H. Wotton My going to Oxford was not merely for shift of air.
    There was a shift in the political atmosphere.
    • {{quote-news}}
  4. (US) the gear mechanism in a motor vehicle Does it come with a stick-shift?
  5. alternative spelling of Shift If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.
  6. (computing) a bit shift
  7. (baseball) The infield shift. Teams often use the shift against this lefty.
  8. (Ireland, crude slang, often with the definite article, usually uncountable) The act of sexual petting.
  9. (archaic) A contrivance, device to try when other methods fail
    • 1596, Shakespeare, History of King John If I get down, and do not break my limbs, I'll find a thousand shifts to get away: As good to die and go, as die and stay.
  10. (archaic) a trick, an artifice
    • 1593, Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew And if the boy have not a woman's gift To rain a shower of commanded tears, An onion will do well for such a shift
    • Macaulay Reduced to pitiable shifts.
    • Shakespeare I'll find a thousand shifts to get away.
    • Dryden Little souls on little shifts rely.
  11. In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.
  12. (mining) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.
hyponyms: {{top2}}
  • blueshift
  • day shift
  • graveyard shift
  • make shift
  • night shift
  • split shift
  • swing shift
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To change, swap.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (transitive) To move from one place to another; to redistribute. exampleWe'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. (intransitive) To change position. exampleShe shifted slightly in her seat. exampleHis political stance shifted daily.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To change (one's clothes); also to change (someone's) underclothes.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.ii.2: 'Tis very good to wash his hands and face often, to shift his clothes, to have fair linen about him, to be decently and comely attired […].
    • Shakespeare As it were to ride day and night; and…not to have patience to shift me.
  5. (intransitive) To change gears (in a car). exampleI crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
  6. (typewriters) To move the keys of a typewriter over in order to type capital letters and special characters.
  7. (computer keyboards) To switch to a character entry mode for capital letters and special characters.
  8. (transitive, computing) To manipulate a binary number by moving all of its digit left or right; compare rotate. exampleShifting 1001 to the left yields 10010; shifting it right yields 100.
  9. (transitive, computing) To remove the first value from an array.
  10. (transitive) To dispose of. exampleHow can I shift a grass stain?
  11. (intransitive) To hurry. exampleIf you shift, you might make the 2:19.
  12. (Ireland, vulgar, slang) To engage in sexual petting.
  13. To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.
    • L'Estrange Men in distress will look to themselves, and leave their companions to shift as well as they can.
  14. To practice indirect or evasive methods.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh All those schoolmen, though they were exceeding witty, yet better teach all their followers to shift, than to resolve by their distinctions.
  • (computing) unshift
shiksa Alternative forms: shikse, shikseh, schicksa etymology From Yiddish שיקסע 〈şyqsʻ〉, which is partly derived from the Hebrew שֶׁקֶץ 〈şěqeẕ〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪksə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Judaism, derogatory) A non-Jewish girl, especially one who is attractive and young.
related terms:
  • shegetz
  • Khasis
shiksappeal etymology Coined in the Seinfeld episode “The Serenity Now”, from shiksa + appeal, by analogy to sex appeal. pronunciation
  • /ʃɪks.əˈpɪəl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The sex appeal of a non-Jewish female (a shiksa) to a Jewish male.
shill {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown; attested as verb 1914, as noun 1916.{{R:OED}}{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Perhaps an abbreviation of , attested 1913. The word entered English via carny, originally denoting a carnival worker who pretends to be a member of the audience in an attempt to elicit interest in an attraction. Speculatively cognate with German Schieber via *.Studies in the history of the English language II: unfolding conversations, by Anne Curzan, Kimberly Emmons, [ p. 90] There are some suggestions that it originates in the surname Shilaber or Shillibeer, especially George Shillibeer,The name's familiar II, by Laura Lee, [ p. 294] but proposed origins are dubious as the word is first attested in North America in the 20th century, while proposed models are 19th century British. pronunciation
  • /ʃɪl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person paid to endorse a product favourably, while pretending to be impartial.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together You’ve Got Mail is certainly the basic model for the plot, which finds corporate candy shill Joel (Rudd) and indie-sweetshop owner Molly (Poehler) regaling their dinner companions with the very long, digressive story of how they met and fell in love.
    • 1983, , Prometheus Rising, Witnesses have testified that Jim Jones (like a few other professional faith-healers) used shills part of the time....
  2. An accomplice at a confidence trick during an auction or gambling game.
    • 1994, , The Crossing, The pitchman swept his cane in a slow acceleration over the heads of the crowd and then suddenly pointed the silver cap toward Billy and the shill.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (pejorative) To promote or endorse in return for payment, especially dishonestly.
    • 1996, , The Demon-Haunted World, Today there are even commercials in which real scientists, some of considerable distinction, shill for corporations. They teach that scientists too will lie for money. As Tom Paine warned, inuring us to lies lays the groundwork for many other evils.
  2. To put under cover; to sheal.
  3. (UK, obsolete, dialect) To shell.
related terms:
  • sheep-dip
  • hills
shim pronunciation
  • /ʃɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 unknown; from Kent.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} Originally a piece of iron attached to a plow; sense of “thin piece of wood” from 1723, sense of “thin piece of material used for alignment or support” from 1860.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wedge.
  2. A thin piece of material, sometimes tapered, used for alignment or support.
  3. (computing) A small library that transparently intercepts and modifies calls to an API, usually for compatibility purposes.
  4. A kind of shallow plow used in tillage to break the ground and clear it of weeds.
  5. A small metal device used to pick open a lock.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fit one or more shims to a piece of machinery
  2. To adjust something by using shims
etymology 2 {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often, derogatory) a person characterised by both male and female traits, or by ambiguous male-female traits, also called a he-she; transsexual.
    • 1998, Hobart Student Association, The Seneca review: He — or "Shim" (she/him), as film director John Waters called the actor Divine — was as much a paradoxical as a perverse fellow.
    • 1995, The Advocate - May 30, 1995 - Page 11: "We call him shim— short for 'she-him.'
  2. (informal, often, derogatory) hermaphrodite.
  • mish
shimmy on down
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, of a person) To go somewhere.
Synonyms: boogie on down
shin {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ʃɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English shine, from Old English scinu, from Proto-Germanic *skinō. Cognate with West Frisian skine, Dutch scheen, German Schiene.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone.
  2. A fishplate for a railway. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: tibia
related terms:
  • shinbone
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, as "shin up") To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like. to shin up a mast
  2. To strike with the shin.
    • {{quote-news }}
  3. (US, slang) To run about borrow money hastily and temporarily, as when trying to make a payment. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: shinny (US)
etymology 2 Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *śamš-. Compare Shamash. Alternative forms: sheen, šīn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The twenty-first letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • hisn
shindy etymology Uncertain; compare shinney, shinty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shindig.
    • 1939, John Boynton Priestley, Let the People Sing "Well, from what I hear," Dr. Buckie went on, complacently, "there'll be more shindies. So look out!"
  2. (slang) An uproar or disturbance; a spree; a row; a riot. {{rfquotek}}
  3. hockey; shinney {{rfquotek}}
  4. (US, dialect, dated) A fancy or liking. {{rfquotek}}
shine {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃaɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English shinen, schinen (preterite schon, past participle schinen), from Old English scīnan "to shine, flash; be resplendent"; preterite scān, past participle scinen, from Proto-Germanic *skīnaną. Cognate with West Frisian skine, skyne, Low German schienen, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Danish skinne, Swedish skina. In Middle English the most standard forms are:
  • present: shīnen
  • simple past: (singular) shōne, (plural) shīneden
  • past participle: shīned
The form shīned(e) had already appeared as an alternative past singular at this time, although only in Northern English usage. There is no recorded use of shōne as an alternative past participle in Middle English.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit light.
  2. (intransitive) To reflect light.
  3. (intransitive) To distinguish oneself; to excel.
    • 1867, Frederick William Robinson, No Man's Friend, Harper & Brothers, page 91: “… I was grateful to you for giving him a year’s schooling—where he shined at it—and for putting him as a clerk in your counting-house, where he shined still more.”
    • {{quote-news}} It prompted an exchange of substitutions as Jermain Defoe replaced Palacios and Javier Hernandez came on for Berbatov, who had failed to shine against his former club.
    exampleMy nephew tried other sports before deciding on football, which he shone at right away, quickly becoming the star of his school team.
  4. (intransitive) To be effulgent in splendour or beauty.
    • Spenser So proud she shined in her princely state.
    • Alexander Pope Once brightest shined this child of heat and air.
  5. (intransitive) To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers.
    • Jonathan Swift Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable.
  6. (intransitive) To be immediately apparent.
  7. (transitive) To create light with (a flashlight, lamp, torch, or similar).
    • 2007, David Lynn Goleman, Legend: An Event Group Thriller, St. Martin’s Press (2008), ISBN 978-0-312-94595-7, page 318: As Jenks shined the large spotlight on the water, he saw a few bubbles and four long wakes leading away from an expanding circle of blood.
    exampleI shined my light into the darkness to see what was making the noise.
  8. (transitive) To cause to shine, as a light.
    • Francis Bacon He [God] doth not rain wealth, nor shine honour and virtues, upon men equally.
  9. (US, transitive) To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light. examplein hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (to emit light) beam, glow, radiate, (to reflect light) gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, reflect, (to distinguish oneself) excel, (to make smooth and shiny by rubbing) wax, buff, polish, furbish, burnish
coordinate terms:
  • (to emit light) beam, flash, glare, glimmer, shimmer, twinkle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Brightness from a source of light.
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne the distant shine of the celestial city
  2. Brightness from reflected light.
  3. Excellence in quality or appearance.
  4. Shoeshine.
  5. Sunshine.
    • Dryden be it fair or foul, or rain or shine
  6. (slang) Moonshine.
  7. (cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
  8. (slang) A liking for a person; a fancy. She's certainly taken a shine to you.
  9. (archaic, slang) A caper; an antic; a row.
Synonyms: (brightness from a source of light) effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, (brightness from reflected light) luster, (excellence in quality or appearance) brilliance, splendor, (shoeshine) See shoeshine, (sunshine) See sunshine, (slang: moonshine) See moonshine
etymology 2 From the noun shine, or perhaps continuing Middle English schinen (preterite schinede, past participle schined), from Old English scīn, and also Middle English schenen, from Old English scǣnan, from Proto-Germanic *skainijaną, causitive of *skīnaną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to shine; put a shine on (something); polish (something). He shined my shoes until they were polished smooth and gleaming.
  2. (transitive, cricket) To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one’s clothing.
Synonyms: (to polish) polish, smooth, smoothen
  • hsien
shiner pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈʃaɪnə(r)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who shine; a luminary.
  2. (colloquial) A black eye.
  3. coon eyes
  4. (slang, dated) A bright piece of money.
    • {{rfdate}} Foote Has she the shiners, d'ye think?
  5. Any of numerous species of small freshwater American cyprinoid fish of {{taxlink}}, {{taxlink}}, and allied genera, such as the redfin.
  6. Any silvery fish, such as the horsefish, menhaden, or moonfish.
  7. The common silverfish,{{taxlink}}.
  8. (slang) A moonshiner.
  9. A small reflective surface used for cheat at card game.
  • shrine
shingles {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin cingulus, variant of cingulum, translating Ancient Greek ζώνη 〈zṓnē〉, ζωστήρ 〈zōstḗr〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪŋɡəlz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology, informal) herpes zoster, caused by {{taxlink}}, in genus {{taxlink}}.
  2. plural of shingle
Synonyms: herpes zoster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, derogatory) a member or supporter of Sinn Féin.
etymology 1 shin (noun) + -y.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To climb in an awkward manner.
etymology 2 Variation of shinty.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}} or shinny hockey
  1. (Canada) An informal game of pickup hockey played with minimal equipment: skates, sticks and a puck or ball.
    • 2010, Jason Blake, Canadian Hockey Literature: A Thematic Study, University of Toronto Press, ISBN 9780802099846 (cloth-bound), ISBN 9780802097132 (paperback), chapter two: “The Hockey Dream: Hockey as Escape, Freedom, Utopia”, page 63: In shinny, everyone wins. Though rules are scaled back, the game is not loosened beyond all form, and the driving competitive element remains.
    • ibidem, page 70: Hockey fiction shows that the focus on ludus in organized hockey threatens to strangle the primal play spirit, which is why shinny is more easily romanticized than versions of the game that seem to require fighting, that motivate parents to violence, and, at the highest level, give rise to lockouts and strikes. In shinny the playful core of hockey is retained, while the overly confining rules and restrictions are discarded.
  2. (Canada) Street hockey.
  3. (Canada, informal) Hockey.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Moonshine (illegal alcohol)
    • 1960, , , chapter 13, Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny it made me tight;....
    • Ibid., He sent them packing next day armed with their charts and five quarts of shinny in their saddlebags—two apiece and one for the Governor.
shinplaster {{wikipedia}} etymology From shin + plaster. Probably coined during the (1775–1783). Named for its resemblance to, and suitability for makeshift use as, a bandage for dressing the shin.'''1860''', [[w:John Russell Bartlett|John Russell Bartlett]], ''Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States'', [ p402].'''2004''', ''[[w:Concise Oxford English Dictionary|Concise Oxford English Dictionary]]'', Eleventh Edition.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, US, Australia, , and New Zealand informal) An essentially worthless note of paper money.
  2. (historical, Canada informal) A 25¢ banknote.
  • 1860, John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States, Third Edition, Boston: Little, Brown and Company; London: Trübner and Company, SHI — SHO, p402, Shinplaster. A cant term for a bank-note or any paper money, and especially such as has depreciated in value. The term is said to have arisen during the Revolutionary war. After the continental currency had become almost worthless, an old soldier who possessed a quantity of it, which he could not get rid of, very philosophically made use of it as plasters to a wounded leg.  The people may whistle for protection, and put up with what shinplaster rags they can get. — N. Y. Tribune, Dec. 3, 1845.           What’s become of all the specie —            Where are all the dollars gone !           Nothing but shinplasters greasy            Do our meagre pockets own. — Comic Song.  Hope’s brightest visions absquatulate with their golden promises before the least cloud of disappointment, and leave not a shinplaster behind. — Dow’s Sermons, Vol. I. p. 309.
  • 1892, William Shepard Walsh, Handy-book of Literary Curiosities, J.B. Lippincott Co., p245, Now, this means a plaster, and the word plaster or shinplaster is a well-known slang term for a paper dollar, used especially during the Revolutionary and…
  • 1970, James Henry Gray, The Boy from Winnipeg, Macmillan of Canada, p108{1} & {2} {1}I had never heard of a 50-cent shinplaster. We got lots of the little 25-cent paper… {2}“My God, boy, this is no shinplaster, this is a fifty-dollar bill!”
  • 1988, Henry Clay, The Papers of Henry Clay, The University Press of Kentucky; ISBN 0813100593 (10), ISBN 978-0813100593 (13), p167, Remark in Senate, March 27, 1838. Reports that the people of Hampshire County, Va. (W.Va.), hearing it denied that one of the local mail-route contractors was “deluging the country with shinplasters [Remark in Senate, March 5, 1838],” have sent him one such shinplaster with the request that it be referred to the Committee on Finance to support the allegation in their petition. Clay so moves. Motion carried. Cong. Globe, 25 Cong., 2 Sess., 268. See ibid., 214; Remark in Senate, March 5, 1838. The shinplaster in question, signed by Lucius W. Stockton, the local mail contractor, was for 25 cents and was good only for local stage fare.
shiny pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈʃaɪni/
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etymology shine + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Reflecting light.
    • : Bender: Bite my shiny metal ass!
  2. Emitting light.
  3. (colloquial) Excellent; remarkable.
  4. (obsolete) Bright; luminous; clear; unclouded.
    • {{rfdate}} Dryden Like distant thunder on a shiny day.
    • The Lincolnshire Poacher (traditional song) When I was bound apprentice in famous LincolnshireFull well I served my master for nigh on seven yearsTill I took up to poaching as you shall quickly hearOh, 'tis my delight on a shiny night in the season of the year.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Anything shiny; a trinket.
ship's cousin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, nautical, slang) an esteemed or preferred passenger aboard ship.
    • 1876, James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers, Houghton Mifflin "The Pioneers": "You're a ship's cousin, I tell ye, Master Doo-but-little," roared the steward; "some such matter as a ship's cousin, sir.."
  • cousinships
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A fellow sailor serving on the same ship as another.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island "And who else?" returned the other, getting more at his ease. "Black Dog as ever was, come for to see his old shipmate Billy, at the 'Admiral Benbow' inn. Ah, Bill, Bill, we have seen a sight of times, us two, since I lost them two talons," holding up his mutilated hand.
  2. (nautical, informal) Any sailor (when used as a form of address by a sailor).
  • aphetism
  • mateship
shiralee etymology From an unidentified . The term has been ′s 1955 novel (and two film adaptations thereof, one in 1957 and another in 1987), though its meaning is no longer well known.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon) Burden, load.
    1. (in particular, Australia, colloquial, dated) A type of swag that when rolled up resembles a leg of mutton, carried over the shoulder, usually with another load on the chest to balance it.'''1957''' September 27, [[w:D'Arcy Niland|D'Arcy Niland]], ''Aboriginalities'' section of ''[[w:The Bulletin|The Bulletin]]'', quoted in “Shiralee,” entry in 1970, Bill Wannan ''Australian Folklore'', 1979, Lansdowne Press, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, page 475.
      • 2001, Filton Hebbard, Memories of Kalgoorlie: Tales from the Australian Outback, [http//|%22shiralees%22+-intitle:%22shiralee%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QG0RwnxZoL&sig=oFo1wbvW7EVz6FzGAeVAKilbf74&hl=en&sa=X&ei=D79EULWJI46jiAfHnoG4DA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shiralee%22|%22shiralees%22%20-intitle%3A%22shiralee%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 183], The bag of food like a shiralee across his shoulders, the water container stuffed into the looseness of his shirt, the compass, not required for awhile yet, in his side pocket, and the rifle balanced in his hand.
      • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22shiralees%22+-intitle:%22shiralee%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cwh_5XpyLU&sig=dU_dFYM9EEJcOSTTDfgw6Orv_KY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=D79EULWJI46jiAfHnoG4DA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shiralee%22|%22shiralees%22%20-intitle%3A%22shiralee%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 8], “Nothin′. A prickly gecko, mate. He dropped off your shiralee.”
Synonyms: (swag) matilda
shire etymology From Old English scir, from Proto-Germanic *skīrō, *skīzō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃaɪə(ɹ)/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Former administrative area of Britain; a county. Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  2. (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK. When are you coming back to the shire?
  3. A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  4. A shire horse.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To (re)constitute as one or more shire or counties.
    • 1985, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, page 291: Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
    • 2012, James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present (ISBN 1134981503), page 160: The province was shired into nine counties, …
    County Longford was shired in 1586
  • heirs
  • hires, hi-res
  • Sheri
  • shier
etymology 1 First attested use in 1625 – 1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form), or from German Schurke{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|shirk}}. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ʃɜːk/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /ʃɝk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
    • Hare the usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties
  2. (intransitive) To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away. If you have a job, don't shirk from it by staying off work.
    • Byron One of the cities shirked from the league.
  3. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
    • Bishop Rainbow You that never heard the call of any vocation, … that shirk living from others, but time from yourselves.
Synonyms: blow off (US), goldbrick (dated)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. one who shirks
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} Arabic شرك 〈sẖrk〉 (širk, "idolatry"). pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry
shirky etymology shirk + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Disposed to shirk.
{{Webster 1913}}
Shirley etymology English place name form Old English scir + lēah. More at shire, leigh. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (some dialects)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An English habitational surname
  2. (rarely) A given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A given name transferred from the surname. Popular from the 1920s to the 1950s.
  • {{RQ:Shakespeare Henry 6-1}}: Act V, Scene IV: Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like / Never to hold it up again! the spirits / Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt, are in my arms.
  • 1849 , Shirley, Chapter XI: Shirley Keeldar ( she had no Christian name but Shirley; her parents, who had wished to have a son, finding that, after eight years of marriage, Providence had granted them only a daughter, bestowed on her the same masculine family cognomen they would have bestowed on a boy, if with a boy they had been blessed) - - -
  • 1921 , Rilla of Ingleside, Chapter 2: Shirley Blythe was with Una Meredith and both were rather silent because such was their nature. Shirley was a lad of sixteen, sedate, sensible, thoughtful, full of a quiet humour.
  • 1951 , The Serpent-Wreathed Staff, Bobbs-Merrill, page 50: "Why a girl like you should be named Shirley is beyond me. You haven't a ruffle or a furbelow anywhere in your nature." "Is that meant for an insult?" she asked, flushing angrily. "No, it's just that it's incongruous. You are the 'give us this day our daily bread' sort of person. Shirley is party stuff."
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, humorous) surely
shirt lifter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a homosexual man
Synonyms: See also
shirty pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Ill-tempered or annoyed. I didn't ask my father for money, figuring he'd get shirty about it since I had quit school and had no job.
    • 1897, , , : "You ain't shirty 'cause I kissed yer last night?" "I'm not shirty; but it was pretty cool, considerin' like as I didn't know yer."
  • thyrsi
shit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old English scite, scitte, from Proto-Germanic *skīta-, *skītaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd- 〈*sḱeyd-〉, *skeyd-. Related to Middle Saxon (Middle Low Saxon) schite, New Saxon (New Low Saxon) Schiet, Middle Dutch schitte, Dutch schijt, German Scheiße, Swedish skit, Norwegian skitt, Icelandic skítur. Compare shite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, colloquial, vulgar) Solid excretory product evacuated from the bowel; feces.
    • 2011, "Cholera and the super-loo", The Economist, 30 Jul 2011: The practice in most African and some Asian cities is for private lorries to suck up human waste and dump it in rivers. [...] In tackling the shit problem, economics could well be a clincher.
  2. (countable, colloquial, vulgar, in the plural, definite) (the shits) diarrhea. He had the shits for three days.
  3. (countable, colloquial, vulgar) An instance of defecation. Can't a guy take a shit in peace?
  4. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Rubbish; worthless matter. Throw that shit out!
  5. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Stuff, thing. I want your shit out of my garage by tomorrow.
  6. (uncountable, colloquial, vulgar, definite) (the shit) The best of its kind. These grapes are the shit!
  7. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Nonsense; bullshit. Everything he says is a load of shit.
  8. (countable, vulgar, colloquial) A nasty, despicable person, used particularly of men. Her son has been a real shit to her.
  9. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) (in negations) Anything. His opinion is not worth shit. = His opinion is not worth anything. We don’t have shit to live on. = We don’t have anything to live on. John can't sing for shit. = John can't sing for anything. = John can't sing at all.
  10. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A problem or difficult situation. I'm in some serious shit. Some shit went down at the nightclub last night.
  11. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) A strong rebuke. I gave him shit for being three hours late twice in one week.
  12. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) any recreational drug, usually cannabis.
  • {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: (solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels) crap, dirt, dung, excrement, fecal matter, feces, ordure, poop, shite, scat, stool, turd, See also , , .
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Of poor quality; worthless. What a shit film that was!
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Nasty; despicable. That was a shit thing to do to him.
  • Dear Papa, dear Hotch: the correspondence of Ernest Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner, page 225, Ernest Hemingway, A. E. Hotchner, Albert J DeFazio, III, 2005, “And you surely know. Please give Bum my regards. I liked him a lot + I'm sorry as hell he's having such a shit time.”, *:, a. 1961
  • Evergreen Review, Robert Grover, Martin T. Willaims, Nat Hentoff, 1970, “They can make life here more shit than it already is.”, *:
  • My sister Jill, Patricia Cornelius, 2002, “She knows that we are no more shit than anyone else.”, *:
  • Exit Only, Liam Bracken, 2004, “The new guys are some of the most shit mechanics I've ever—””, *:
  • The Three Bears, page 191, Derec Jones, 2006, “I say, and smile at her with the most benevolent older, wiser expression I can get together considering that I'm probably feeling more shit than she is.”, *:
  • The Bible of Badness, page 82, Jonathan Stanland, 2006, “They feel unworthy, don't trust people …, and generally can have a very shit time”, *:
  • The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money, page 313, Thomas Leveritt, 2009, “And clearly having a very shit time with guys.”, *:
  • Desert Rose, page 154, Karen Smith, 2009, “it made me feel like there were still good decent people here and after a very shit day this small gesture simply made up for it.”, *:
etymology 2 From Middle English shiten, from Old English scītan, from Proto-Germanic *skītaną (compare West Frisian skite, Low German schieten, Dutch schijten, German scheißen, Danish skide), from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd- 〈*sḱeyd-〉, *skeh₁i-d 〈*skeh₁i-d〉 (compare *skey-). More at shed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, vulgar, colloquial) To defecate.
  2. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To excrete (something) through the anus.
  3. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial) To fool or try to fool someone; to be deceitful. Twelve hundred dollars!? Are you shitting me!?
  4. (transitive, vulgar, colloquial, Australia) To annoy. That ad shits me to tears.
Synonyms: (defecate) see also , (try to fool) shit with
related terms:
  • beshit
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) Expression of worry, failure, shock, etc., often at something seen for the first time or remembered immediately before using this term. Shit! I think that I forgot to pack my sleeping bag last night! Holy shit! Oh, shit!
  2. (vulgar) To show displeasure or surprise. "Oh, shit. I left my worksheet at home," she said to the language arts teacher, which got her in trouble.
Synonyms: See also , poo
  • hist, Hist
  • hits
  • sith
  • this
  • tish, Tish
shit a brick Alternative forms: shit bricks
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To react strongly or excessively, especially in anger, fear, or astonishment. If our boss finds out we did this and didn't tell him, he's gonna shit a brick. She was thunderstruck when she came face to face with the tomb of Sir Isaac Newton. At her age, and in that same place, my big brother Bernie, a born scientist who can't draw or paint for sour apples, would have shit an even bigger brick. Kurt Vonnegut, , 1997
shit all
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, vulgar) nothing or very little.
shitass Alternative forms: shit ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) A jerk; an inappropriately or objectionably mean, inconsiderate, contemptible, obnoxious, intrusive, or rude person. He is such a shitass!
Synonyms: asshole/arsehole, bastard, prick, shithead
shit ass Alternative forms: shitass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) A jerk; an inappropriately or objectionably mean, inconsiderate, contemptible, obnoxious, intrusive, or rude person. He is such a shit ass!
Synonyms: asshole/arsehole, bastard, prick, shithead
shitbag Alternative forms: shit bag etymology shit + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) a worthless person
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. (vulgar) a bag which faeces (often of dogs, cats, etc) is put into.
shit bag etymology shit + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) alternative spelling of shitbag
shitball etymology shit + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Term of abuse.
shitbird etymology shit + bird
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, military) An objectionable, despicable person.
    • 1979, Gustav Hasford, The short-timers (page 10) Only shitbirds try to avoid work, only shitbirds try to skate. Marines are clean, not skuzzy. I teach Leonard to value his rifle as he values his life. I teach him that blood makes the grass grow.
    • 2009, Jason Christopher Hartley, Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq The blond prick and his two shitbirds were never far away, but they eventually gave up and walked back to the barracks.
shit bird
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) A person who regularly gets into trouble; a screw-up.
  • birdshit
shitbox etymology shit + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A dump; a rundown, messy or disgusting item. My car is a shitbox; so is my house.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a stupid person
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, vulgar) very unintelligent, senseless, or both
shitbucket etymology shit + bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A worthless or objectionable person or thing.
    • 2010, Jeff Garigliano, Dogface It's not even a real bus stop, just a gas station where the bus drops off whoever's stupid enough to come to this shitbucket town and picks up whoever's smart enough to leave.
    • 2013, D. Seth Horton, ‎Brett Garcia Myhren, Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest He was under the streetlight by then, next to my shitbucket Volkswagen.
shitbum etymology shit + bum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) An unclean, or otherwise undesirable person.
    • 2005, Paul E. Doyle, Hot Shots and Heavy Hits: Tales of an Undercover Drug Agent "I ought to break your head, you asshole! You're a shitbum! You're scum! Do you understand that, boy? I wouldn't buy a fuckin' thing from you, you asshole!" I shouted, out of control.
Synonyms: bum
shitburger etymology shit + burger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A hateful person or situation.
    • 2002, Tom Clancy, Red Rabbit This mission is a real shitburger, Ryan told himself.
    • 2010, Dave Hnida, Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq Rick added, “Yeah, you gotta eat more than that royal shitburger you just got shoved down your throat.”
  2. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) An inferior hamburger.
    • 1982, Margaret Mitchell Dukore, A novel called heritage (page 216) McDonald's has sold over a billion shitburgers; the shops along Fisherman's Wharf have sold hundreds of thousands of foot-shaped ashtrays...
    • 1987, Glenn Savan, White Palace (page 364) Waiting tables is still a pain in the ass, but it's a damned sight better than dishing out shitburgers, let me tell you.
Shitcago etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, vulgar, derogatory, offensive) Chicago.
shitcan etymology shit + can
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A garbage, rubbish, or trash container.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, transitive) To discard
  2. (vulgar, transitive) To terminate the employment of.
Synonyms: (discard), (terminate employment of) fire
  • chantis
shitcom etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, pejorative) A low-quality or unfunny sitcom.
    • 2006, Alexander Kern, Listen! Listen, Listen, Listen, Listen, Listen!!!: Selected Essays from the Best Blog No One Is Reading, ISBN 9781430307105, page 203: I can only hope that someone up there at Fox has enough intelligence to yank this shitcom before mid-season, but given their track record it will probably become their next flagship show.
    • 2012, David Walliams, Camp David, Penguin (2013), ISBN 9780141973241, unnumbered page: Games World was revamped for a second series, and a character from the competition night, Big Boy Barry, was given his own show, a sitcom. Or as it turned out, a shitcom.
    • 2013, Brad Vance, A Little Too Broken, ISBN 9781492247227, unnumbered page: Ed opened the drapes and the sun revealed the grim scene, the filthy drool-stained pillow on the couch where he'd been sleeping, the TV blaring some horrible shitcom ever since he'd left the dial turned to any old thing, the dog food bag left open in the kitchen so Harry could help himself.
shit disturber Alternative forms: shit-disturber etymology Canadian English. shit + disturber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, vulgar) A person who causes needless difficulties or distress for others; a troublemaker.
    • 2008, Leah Collins, "Gonzales has Soft Power, not star power,", 2 Jun. (retrieved 17 Feb. 2009): "To be a fan of Gonzales is to be disappointed often," he says. "It's to be someone who maybe loves the piano album and then goes to a show and is like ‘Why is this guy spitting on us? Why is this guy climbing all over us?’" . . . . "I just have a complicated personality," he adds. "I'm a shit disturber."
  2. (Canada, vulgar) A person who voices or encourages a viewpoint opposed to the status quo; an iconoclast.
    • 2007, John Lucas, "D.O.A.’s punk veterans won’t give up the fight," Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Canada), 8 Feb. (retrieved 17 Feb. 2009): The band’s leader, Joe “Shithead” Keithley, shows no signs of slowing down. . . . He’s still an unapologetic shit-disturber, but it’s evident that the veteran antiauthoritarian is turning into something akin to (gasp!) a respected authority figure.
Synonyms: shit stirrer (UK)
shite {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ʃaɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From the Middle English schite, cognate with gml schīte, Middle High German schīze. More at shit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Irish, vulgar) Shit, trash, rubbish.
  2. (British, Irish, pejorative) A foolish or deceitful person. He's a useless shite.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, Irish, vulgar) Bad, awful, shit. The film was shite.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, Irish, vulgar) An expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom{{,}} or frustration. Shite, I left my wallet at home.
etymology 2 From Middle English schiten, from Old English scītan, from Proto-Germanic *skītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd- 〈*sḱeyd-〉, *skeyt-. Cognate with Dutch schijten, German scheissen, Swedish skita, Irish sceith, sgeith, Albanian shqit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, vulgar, chiefly, Scotland, Ireland) To defecate.
    • 2004, Robert Morgan, Brave enemies (page 38) still softened my heart to see a man hurt so badly he sobbed and shited on himself.
    • 2007, Talonie Starr, Growth Manifesto (page 173) He would probably have a head full of locks. Who has time to be pretty when people are hurting? Crying. Shiting on themselves trying to beat heroin.
  • heist
  • seith
shiteater etymology shit + eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, nonstandard) A coprophagous animal.
  2. (vulgar) An imbecile or otherwise undesirable person.
shit-eating grin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) A broad smile indicating self-awareness that may suggest self-satisfaction, smugness, discomfort, or embarrassment.
    • 2006, , Spy: A Thriller, ISBN 9780743277235, p. 29: He was at the wheel of his brand-new 1965 GTO, top down, wearing a super-sized shit-eating grin on his face.
  • The term is ambiguous and may indicate either a genuine broad smile (e.g. smug happiness) or a fake broad smile (e.g. trying to hide or get away with something).
  • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: coprophagous grin (rare), fish-eating grin, smirk, simper
shitehawk {{wikipedia}} etymology shite + hawk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Ireland, informal) A large scavenging or predatory bird; especially (originally in military use in South Asia) the black kite .
    • {{quote-hansard}}
    • {{quote-news}} Shite-hawks..are more properly known as black kites,..gaining their unlovely nickname from British troops who used to get the meat stolen from their plates by these bold and skilful birds.
  2. (UK, Ireland, informal) The European herring gull.
  3. (UK, Ireland, informal) An objectionable person; a twat or wanker.
    • 1997, Valerie Maher, Sarah's Gate: Tales from Ballyhornet "Watch yer language, ye shitehawk." His da had heard the din from the kitchen and had decided to have his say in the matter.
    • 2001, Gary Owen, Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco What must it be like, to be such a fucking gimp, and see perfection, and know you're too much of a shitehawk to ever have it?
    • 2005, Andrew M Greeley, The Priestly Sins When I win, Liam still suggests on the eighteenth green that I'm a nine-fingered shitehawk.
    • 2007, Chris Oakley, Football Delirium ...any analyst who puts out a book with the word "ethics" in the title is invariably an incorrigible shitehawk.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, vulgar, slang) Shitty, worthless.
    • 2001, Laura Hird, Born Free That's if the combined smell of minging socks, shitey trainers and a thousand farts clinging to the wallpaper doesn't put them off coming in here.
    • 2008, John Richmond, The Birds Call Me Seb You know one of those wee shitey dogs that just yaps and yaps.
shitface etymology shit + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a contemptible person
related terms:
  • shitfaced
shitfaced etymology From shit + faced Alternative forms: shit faced, shit-faced
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Very drunk. When they brought in that keg, I knew I was going to get shitfaced.
  2. (vulgar) Under the influence of mind altering drugs.
shit factory etymology Alluding to the fact that people, especially infants, produce feces.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative or humorous) An infant, especially one who defecate a lot.
    • 2000, 4 October, Pete, Re: Baby Laughter!,,, “… because you have neither the time nor the money to do any of the things you really wanted to do in life before you created a little shit factory of your own? ”
    • Slowly Dies the Rose, page 78, Al Craven, 2002, ““Damn it, Sandy,” he fumed. “You knew when we got married that I was going to hunt and fish any time I wanted to. I told you that. I said I'd marry you and take care of you, but I told you nothing was going to get in the way of my hunting and fishing. Not you. Not some five-day-a-week job. And not that little shit factory on your lap.”
    • Far Dark Fields, Gary A. Braunbeck, 2009, page 252, “… Rumor has it that I pooped with wild abandon." Barb laughed and playfully smacked my arm. "You were a little shit factory."”
shitfest etymology shit + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Something of incredibly low quality.
shit fit Alternative forms: shit-fit, shitfit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, vulgar) A childish display of anger or frustration; a tantrum; a frantic outburst.
    • 1974, Phil Tracy, "State Secrets, The Village Voice, 23 May, p. 3 (retrieved 17 June 2009): When the Republicans found out that Wilson's second bill was actually being credited to Al Blumenthal and Fred Ohrenstein, two Democrats the Republicans have a particular animosity toward, they, to put it mildly, threw a shit-fit.
    • 2007, Kris Carr and , Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips‎, ISBN 9781599212319, p. 25: My sweet little usually mellow kitty was having a total shit fit, screaming her head off.
Synonyms: hissy fit, snit fit
shitflood etymology shit + flood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A large amount.
Synonyms: (a large amount) assload (vulgar), boatload, buttload (vulgar), crapload (vulgar), fuckload (vulgar), fuckton (vulgar), shedload, shitload (vulgar)
shit for brains
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An unintelligent, foolish person; an idiot.
Synonyms: see
shit-for-brains etymology Canadian 1950s.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, vulgar slang) Extremely stupid. That shit-for-brains assistant of mine lost my files again.
    • 2005, (film): Who are you crying about, the predatory prick or the shit-for-brains tramp? Because neither one deserves your tears.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar slang) An extremely stupid person. That new assistant of yours is a real shit-for-brains. He's another one of those shit-for-brains.
shitfuck etymology shit + fuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) extremely bad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A stupid or otherwise undesirable person.
Synonyms: cuntfucker, cunthead, dickhead, dipshit, shitfucker, shithead
  • fuckshit, fuck this
shitfucker etymology shit + fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory) A stupid or otherwise undesirable person.
shit happens {{wikipedia}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (vulgar) An expression of acceptance of misfortune.
related terms:
  • c’est la vie
  • life’s a bitch
  • that’s life
  • this is the life
shithead {{wikipedia}} etymology shit + head pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪthɛd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang, vulgar) A stupid or contemptible person. Unfortunately Todd is a dummy, but what's worse is that Harvey is a shithead.
  2. (uncountable, vulgar) A card game, the aim of which is to lose one's cards
shitheaded etymology shit + headed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) foolish, incompetent
shitheadedness etymology From shit + headed + ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Quality of being shitheaded; foolishness; incompetence.
shit heel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) a contemptible person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) a contemptible person.
shithole etymology shit + hole pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪthoʊl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A hole into which one shit.
  2. (vulgar) A very unkempt dirty place. That hotel we stayed at in New York was an absolute shithole; no wonder it only cost $12 per night.
  3. (vulgar) The anus.
  4. (vulgar) An unpleasant person or place.
shithook etymology shit + hook
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.

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