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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


shit hot Alternative forms: shit-hot, shithot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial) brilliant or exceptional, especially as a measure of attractiveness
    • 2005, Sarah Durant, Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, page 71 And there's no doubt that when she puts her mind to it, she's shit-hot.
    examplethat was a shit hot goal he scored
shithouse etymology shit + house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial) An outside toilet, an outhouse.
  2. (British, vulgar, metonymy, pejorative) One who is afraid of a certain challenge or scared.
Synonyms: (outside toilet) outhouse, thunderbox, (pejorative, one who is afraid) chicken (US), shit, piece of shit, crap
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, colloquial) Of poor quality.
    • 2005, Eckhard Otto Hardy Marthen, Otto, iUniverse, [http//|most+shithouse%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=BJHarbI_5k&sig=b96UUUDrxVkgt89pFSIecAGjmx0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yctEULeIB-yiiAe4oIBY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20shithouse%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 334], The stupefied bus driver kept ranting and raving at him. “You could have been stuffed, mate! Once the water splits it would have been the most shithouse moment in your life, and the last one! This beach is for crocs only!…”
    • 2010, , From This Side of Things, [http//|most+shithouse%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=0ssrLgXESY&sig=sC_1rfsIeWT26kELZlW4-jAAuRU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yctEULeIB-yiiAe4oIBY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20shithouse%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The story goes that when she applied for the job, they were fearful of hiring her because she was ‘much more shithouse than them’. I cannot imagine anyone being worse than those two but she did give it a good go.
shithoused etymology shithouse + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Extremely drunk.
    • 2007, Sarahbeth Purcell, Love Is the Drug (page 84) Ferris is on her cell phone, connecting with her friends, or whatever she calls it that she does when she makes plans to get shithoused again, to lose her ID at some nondescript bar, to go home with some total beast of a drunk, to delay reality for one more day.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) deliberate misspelling of citizen
shitkicker etymology shit + kicker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, vulgar) A workboot.
  2. (US, slang, vulgar, offensive) A poor, rural person, especially from the southern United States.
Synonyms: redneck
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) alt form of Hitler
shitless etymology From shit + less.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Having an empty bowel; greatly frightened; see usage notes below. He was scared shitless.
  • This term is primarily found in the verb phrase and its participial adjective . It may be considered a more evocative variant of certain uses of witless and speechless.
shitlessly etymology shitless + ly, from scared shitless.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) in a manner or fashion that evacuates the bowels
shitlicker etymology shit + licker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a contemptible person
  2. (vulgar) an ass-kisser
  • Christlike
shitlike etymology shit + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Resembling shit in some way; shitty.
  • like shit
shitlist etymology shit + list
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A group of people held in disregard or targeted for revenge, etc.
  • hit lists
shitload Alternative forms: shit load, shit-load etymology shit〈large amount〉 + load
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A large amount.
    • 1980, & , Roy Fuchs’ Assistant: I just heard there's a shitload of used cars coming this way.
Synonyms: (a large amount) buttload (vulgar), crapload (vulgar), fuckload (vulgar), shedload
related terms:
shitlord etymology shit + lord
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory, slang) Term of abuse.
    • 2002, "Krisbam", Craig lies again (on newsgroup alt.abortion) I won't allow some hedonistic shitlord (like you) to destroy my family.
    • 2005, unknown poster, Evolution x problem (on newsgroup You're a nasty dickless little shitlord aren't ya?
    • 2013, unknown poster, OT: Is the UK really this fucked-up? (on newsgroup Every other week we get some uneducated politician shitlord braying on about how rape isn't that bad, rape babies are a gift from Jeebus, etc. and so on.
shitly etymology From shit + ly.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (vulgar, extremely, rare, chiefly, UK) Terribly; extremely poorly.
Synonyms: shittily
Shitmas etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation {{rfp}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (rare, vulgar, derogatory) Christmas.
shitmobile etymology shit + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An inferior motor vehicle.
    • 2005, Joseph Paul Befumo, Ariadne's Clew Unbelievable as it seemed, the cop was clearly going after that sorry old farmer in his dilapidated shitmobile.
shitmuncher etymology shit + muncher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, offensive) an unwanted or undesirable person
shitneck etymology shit + neck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, derogatory, offensive) An idiot; an objectionable person.
shitness etymology shit + ness. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪtnəs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Quality of being shit; or being of poor quality or of being undesirable.
shitnuts etymology shit + nuts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) An annoying or stupid person.
shit off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, vulgar) fuck off
  2. (Australian slang, vulgar, transitive) annoy
    • “Old lady'd be shat off if she knew I was just around the corner.”
    •, 1862543798, page 22 , “The three of them decided they would go camping at the Cotter reserve and, just to shit them off, Eric and I said we would go too.”
    • 2005, , Dead Europe, [http//|shits|shitting|shat+me|him|her|them+off%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=mhHFTp2zBMWdmQX2u_2bCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22shit|shits|shitting|shat%20me|him|her|them%20off%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 252], There was no English on it. It was all Hebrew script and I remember it shat me off that I couldn't read it.
    • 2006, , Big World, The Turning: Stories, [http//|shits|shitting|shat+me|him|her|them+off%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=mhHFTp2zBMWdmQX2u_2bCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22shit|shits|shitting|shat%20me|him|her|them%20off%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 2], It's not hosing blood that shits me off – it's Angelus itself; I'm going nuts here.
Synonyms: (annoy) crap off
shit on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, vulgar) to treat very badly.
    • 1987, : Monty: Shat on by Tories, shovelled up by Labour.
shit on a shingle {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, military, slang, dysphemism) chipped beef on toast.
Synonyms: stew on a shingle, same old stuff, SOS / S.O.S. / S. O. S. (abbreviation)
shit oneself
verb: {{head}} All senses are vulgar slang
  1. (literally) To soil oneself.
  2. (idiomatic) To be very frighten or astonish (to the extent that one might lose control of one's bowels).
Synonyms: (literal sense) (standard terms): soil oneself, soil one's pants (vulgar slang terms) shit one's pants, (figurative sense) (non-vulgar slang terms): be petrified, be terrified, wet oneself (vulgar slang terms): piss oneself, shit one's pants, shit bricks
shit or get off the pot
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic, imperative) Make a decision, especially after a period of delay; either commit to action now or forgo the opportunity. We can't wait all night for you to decide whether you're going clubbing with us or going home, man – you need to shit or get off the pot.
    • 2007 , Bad Luck & Trouble, ISBN 9780385340557, p. 81: Finally O'Donnell put his cup down and said, "Time to shit or get off the pot. Or fish or cut bait. Or however else you want to express it. Let's hear your ideas."
Synonyms: fish or cut bait
shit out of luck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Completely out of luck; in unfortunate circumstances such that all options for achieving one's goal are exhausted; unlucky; screwed. There are no tickets left. I guess we're shit out of luck.
Synonyms: SOL (initialism)
shit packer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A male homosexual.
Synonyms: See also
shitpile etymology shit + pile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A heap of excrement.
  2. (vulgar) A very large amount. a shitpile of cash
  3. (vulgar) An unpleasant place or situation.
shitpit etymology shit + pit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figurative, vulgar) very unpleasant location
shitpost etymology shit + post
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, slang, vulgar, pejorative) A worthless post on a messageboard, newsgroup, or other online discussion platform.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (internet, slang, vulgar, pejorative) To make a worthless post on a messageboard, newsgroup, or other online discussion platform.
Synonyms: trashpost
shitposter etymology shitpost + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, slang, vulgar, pejorative) A person who makes worthless post on a messageboard, newsgroup, or other online discussion platform.
shitpot etymology shit + pot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A toilet.
    • 2003, Francis DiPietro, Eclectic Libbyland (page 104) They can't sit on their shitpots without the quilted tissue. They can't enjoy their weekends without products.
  2. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Term of abuse.
    • Stephen King, It The little shitpots were somewhere up ahead in this maze of tunnels…
shits pronunciation
  • /ʃɪts/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. plural of shit
  2. (vulgar, slang) ("the shits") diarrhea (diarrhoea).
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of shit
shits-and-giggles Alternative forms: grins-and-giggles (rare), kicks-and-giggles, shits and giggles, shits 'n giggles, shits n giggles
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A vulgarized version of the phrase "kicks-and-giggles".
shit show Alternative forms: shit-show, shitshow etymology
  • {{etycomp}}
  • (US) /ʃɪt ʃoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, vulgar) A messy situation, especially involving drunkenness and partying.
    • 1973, Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights, pg. 410: There is that swine again. We don't want this shit-show any longer...
    • 1999, Jamie Harrison, An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence: a Blue Deer mystery, Macmillan, ISBN 9780312968298, pg. 330: I was too busy helping Laura clean up for this shit show.
    • 2003, Aironius French, The Adventures of Waiterman, Lord of the Restaurant Jungle, Trafford Publishing, vol. 1, no. 1, ISBN 9781553958420, pg. 186: The primary cause of the customer directed apathy was the servers' preoccupations with getting drunk and creating a script for the nightly shit show.
    • 2008, Thomas Holland, KIA: A Dr. Kel McKelvey Novel, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 9780743280013, pg. 12: Things can't possibly be so bad at work that you'd volunteer for another trip to this shit show.
shitskin etymology shit + skin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) A person with dark-coloured skin.
    • 2001, Richard Price, Clockers … a job that dealt with an endless parade of shitskin losers—hunting them down, befriending them in order to get their confessions, then tossing them into County …
    • 2001, "white aryan resistance", reparations for shitskins (on Internet newsgroup You shitskins are thinking you can victimize yourself to the point where the wiggers and liberals will just turn all the wealth over to you.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A spot or area that has been discolored by having absorbed feces.
  2. (vulgar) A contemptible person.
shit stain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, pejorative) a stupid or despicable person.
    • 2008, Peter Charles Melman, Landsman "And if we was, pray tell me, you shit-stain, you darlin' little cunt rag, what difference'd that make to you?"
shitstorm etymology shit + storm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A violent situation.
    • 1948. Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead The hell with Brown [...] He's been missing all the shit storms. It's his turn.
    • 1963. Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle, Chapter 110 'Sometimes the pool-pah,' Bokonon tells us, 'exceeds the power of humans to comment.' Bokonon translates pool-pah at one point in The Books of Bokonon as 'shit storm' and at another point as 'wrath of God'.
    • 1999, Joseph Finder, High Crimes "You and your cowboys just stirred up a shitstorm, agent."
    • 2006, David Simon, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets In Baltimore, the general rule is that if something looks like a shitstorm, smells like a shitstorm and tastes like a shitstorm, it goes to homicide.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) Considerable backlash from the public.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 32: When Abbott stated openly that his plan involved a new tax of 1.7% on large companies with big profit margins - those, in fact, most able to pay - he provoked a near universal shitstorm.
  • German: Shitstorm
Shitsville etymology From shits + ville.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Any contemptible town, place, or situation.
shittastic etymology shit + tastic Alternative forms: shitastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Of incredibly low quality.
shitter pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃɪ.tə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From shit + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Agent noun of shit; one who shits.
  2. (slang, vulgar) The toilet; the bathroom or water closet. Hold on, I gotta use the shitter.
  3. (slang, vulgar, British) The anus.
    • 2006, Dominic Lavin, Last Seen in Bangkok (page 159) Dave commented on the statue that had grabbed the pair's attention when they'd arrived, saying how quaint it looked, then capped off his comment with, “D'you reckon that receptionist takes it up the shitter?”
Synonyms: (toilet; bathroom) , , (anus) pooper (US),
etymology 2
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of shit
    • {{circa}} James Skelly, quoted in Doug Levy, “Artist Spotlight: ”, in CMJ New Music Report, ISSN 0890-0795, Volume 74, Number 797 (2003 January 20), page 21: Text sex is even shitter.
    • {{ante}} Simon Raven, quoted in Simon Raven and Chris Raven, Living the Linger, Samosir Books Limited (2005), ISBN 978-0-9548842-0-8, page 170: Even shitter!
    • 2005, Steve Morris, Pod and the Sexy Dream Club, Troubador Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-1-904744-26-9, page 49: Our university may have been shit on University Challenge, and even shitter at any kind of sport, but for a good political bit of head kicking we were unbeatable.
  • hitters, tithers
shit test
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Usually unconscious effort by a woman to test man's worthiness and social status.
adjective: {{head}} (comparative)
  1. (vulgar) en-comparative of shitty
  • thirties
adjective: {{head}} (superlative)
  1. (vulgar) en-superlative of shitty
shittily etymology shitty + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (vulgar) In a shitty way.
shitting pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪtˌɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The act of defecating
  2. (vulgar, rare) faeces
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of shit
  • hittings
  • tithings
shitting match etymology Compare pissing contest.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, idiomatic, vulgar, slang) A pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter.
    • 1999, July 22, in Question for NPS defenders, in, Usenet: No prob. I just don't wanna start another shitting match. No one on AMP wants to see it except us.
  2. (uncountable, slang) {{only used in}}.
Synonyms: (pointless competition or dispute) dick-measuring contest, pissing contest, pissing match, pissing war
shitting planks
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, Ireland) Experiencing fear.
Example: "He was shitting planks before his exam because he had not studied hard enough." Compare shitting a brick.
shitton Alternative forms: shit-ton, shit ton etymology shit + ton
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) An enormous amount; a fuckload.
    • 1994 October 26, "daniel federman" (username), "Re: PULP FICTION BOX OFFICE RESULTS?", in rec.arts.movies, Usenet: Most megahits cost a shitton to produce, but Pulp Fiction was only 12 million dollars, according to Rolling Stone.
    • 2000 July 13, "jkeeton" (username), "Current Events in St. Louis. *LONG*", in alt.umr.student.babble, Usenet: How do they expect that by preventing a shitton of rich honkies from going home will gain support for their cause?
    • 2005, Brian Costello, The Enchanters Vs. Sprawlburg Springs, Featherproof Books, ISBN 978-0-9771992-0-4, page 109: These workdays were long, and through vicious wine hangovers, exhaustion, dehydration, and ringing ears, I tried learning how to make Shitton of Meat Sandwiches. … ¶ … Sometimes, I got it right; other times, I'd forget to put on necessities like the cheese, and, on more than one occasion, the Shitton of Meat.
    • 2005 October 14, "Aeire", commentary on the 2004 January 14 Queen of Wands: No, I'm not poly. I have a shitton of friends who are however, and it's one of those 'alternative lifestyles' (if you want to call it that I suppose) that people rarely hear about.
    • 2010 January 27, "eric gisse" (username), "Supermassive black hole rotation & host galaxy rotation", in sci.astro and other newsgroups, Usenet: A few billion years of local perturbations add up to a shitton more effect than can be mounted against the overall galaxy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) alternative spelling of shitton
shitty etymology shit + y pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Very bad; unpleasant; miserable; insignificant. The television I bought there was so shitty that I will never shop there again. I'm feeling shitty today; I don't want to go out.
    • 1988 November, Byron Coley, Underground, , [http//|shittiest%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=AM18gVBVrc&sig=h1SHYfHQ47W_wML8Wqo7XhLEwKs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SthEULS0BNHvmAWwzYCIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shittier|shittiest%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 101], It's a well-known fact that reading is about the shittiest thing you can do for your eyes.
    • 2006, , Nirvana: The True Story, 2009, [http//|shittiest%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=BvBTWSrcPv&sig=INwoicfh9MJ8kfWiJ1LNaW9G_fE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SthEULS0BNHvmAWwzYCIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shittier|shittiest%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The difference is they usually have a shittier singer, and no originality.
    • 2011, Rik Leaf, Four Homeless Millionaires, [http//|shittiest%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=TxEi1986KR&sig=JJaQzmjwLY7Skv5Ba1lG6Hi9W1M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SthEULS0BNHvmAWwzYCIAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shittier|shittiest%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 134], Halfway there we turned off the highway onto possibly the shittiest gravel road I have ever driven. In Canada, we would call it washboard; in Australia they call it corrugated, but you get the point.
  2. (US, vulgar, slang, not comparable) Under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol; drunk; high.
  3. (British, Australia, NZ, vulgar, slang) Annoyed. Don't get shitty at me!
  4. (vulgar) Covered in crap (faeces/feces).
Synonyms: crappy, poopy
  • stithy
shitty-ass etymology shitty + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, vulgar) Very bad; worthless. I was working a shitty-ass job in fast food. That's some shitty-ass poetry!
shitwad etymology shit + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Someone unpleasant, annoying or rude.
shitware pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
etymology shit + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, derogatory, vulgar) Software of exceptionally poor quality.
Synonyms: cheeseware, coasterware, crapware, crudware
shitweasel etymology shit + weasel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Term of abuse.
shitwit etymology From shit + wit; perhaps alluding to nitwit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) A very stupid person.
shitwork etymology shit + work
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Work of low status or yielding little satisfaction.
    • The Black Dahlia, page 276, James Ellroy, 1987, “Now it was real detective shitwork.”
    • Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line, Ben Hamper, 1991, “GM paid us a tidy income and we did the shitwork. No one was holding a gun to anyone's head.”
    • The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch, page 88, David McCumber, 2000, “Mop again. Check the drop again. Clean the floor again. Fill the manger again. Shitwork.”
    • Coyote, page 111, Linda Barnes, 2005, “I'm not into chasing some poor OTM wants to come in here and earn food money doing the kind of shitwork native-born Americans won't do.”
    • Alienhood: citizenship, exile, and the logic of difference, page 53, Katarzyna Marciniak, 2006, “He's a Chicano. He's an American citizen but he comes from a Mexican family. That's why he has to do the same shitwork we do.”
    • The Sandbox, David Zimmerman , 2011, “Basically, he does the shitwork. As scrawny as he is, Ahmed can heft a good bit of weight and always seems to be busy even when he's not doing anything, a skill I'd like to learn.”
Synonyms: (pejorative) gruntwork, bitchwork
shit yeah
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, vulgar, colloquial) Expressing joy, celebration, glee, support, elation, etc. Shit yeah! We are the champions. Shit yeah! We gots to get paid! Shit yeah! i'll get that!
  2. (informal, vulgar, colloquial) The best possible way affirmative response. Shit yeah, I do.
shiz Alternative forms: pronunciation
  • /ʃɪz/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) shit, shite
  2. (vulgar, slang) something cool, e.g. 'That's the shiz' meaning 'That's awesome' or 'That's really cool'.
shizer {{wikipedia}} etymology Alteration of German Scheiße "shit".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Scatological-type pornography, especially if it is produced in Germany.
    • 2001: Stanley J. Crebshaw, Horklezorp DOTCOM Is..., Horklezorp DOTCOM (blog) But they don’t have shizer porn in heaven, and some things are just way too good to not have in your VCR.
    • 2004: Aaron Bronsteter, To all you virgins out there: the unsex supplement, Brock Press German shizer films are like the Insane Clown Posse of porn; it's shitty, has odd novelty value and strangely, a select group of people actually enjoy it.
    • 2008: Ian Fortey, The 6 Most Innovative Brothels From Around the World, One floor is for low-cost fun, another is for transsexuals and we assume one is for shizer video production.
shiznit etymology {{infix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) stuff, thing
  2. (slang) (preceded by the) the best of its kind
This word is particularly associated with African American Vernacular English (Ebonics), but has also entered into other slang varieties. Synonyms: shit, shiz, shizzle
  • 1993, Calvin Broadus, Jr., Andre Young, from album Doggystyle, title of song “Tha Shiznit
  • 2000, , Steven Brill, Tim Herlihy, (film) Demon: Popeye’s chicken is the shiznit!
  • 2002, Wayne Normis, The Last Street Fighter “Okay,” I said, but I was determined that Weasel was going to have to back up his shiznit.
  • 2004, Matthew Richard Poole, Frommer's Los Angeles 2005 If you know what shiznit means then keep reading because you’re already hip enough to appreciate these three late-night L.A. legends.
  • 2005, John Edward Lawson, Last Burn in Hell “Naw! Hell naw. We’re talkin’ ’bout what this shiznit be worth on the street. Naw mean?
  • 2005, Haydn Sweterlitsch, Notes from Underwhelmed “Girl, you just erase that shiznit from ya brains. Barry ever even hears the word ‘digital’ and that muthafucka goes buck wildin’ and shit.[”]
  • 2012, , Agent J: “You know, I'd have no problem pimp-slapping the shiznit out of Andy Warhol.”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) alternative spelling of schlockumentary
    • 1994, "Critic's Corner", The Washington Times, 5 July 1994: It's another shlockumentary from NBC, the network that brought you "Ancient Prophecies" and "Angels: The Mysterious Messengers."
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shlong etymology From Yiddish שלאַנג 〈şlʼang〉, from German Schlange.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) penis
shmexy Alternative forms: schmexy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic or, humorous) Sexy.
    • 2011, Jaymie Baxley, "Sir Ben Marx Q&A", Feed Magazine, November 2011 (image caption): Sir Ben Marx. Singer, model, shmexy zombie.
    • 2012, Kimberly Pauley, Cat Girl's Day Off, Tu Books, ISBN 9781600608834, unnumbered page: He sat down and smiled at me, a corner of his mouth higher than the other and one eyebrow raised. Wow, that was entirely too shmexy for this early in the morning.
    • 2012, Samantha Young, On Dublin Street, New American Library (2012), ISBN 1101623497, unnumbered page: Flabbergasted by his transformation back into shmexy 'Cab Braden' who couldn't take his eyes off of me, I didn't know what to make of it in all my confusion.
  2. (slang, of an inanimate object) Having a desirability like sexual attractiveness.
Synonyms: (sexy) smexy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, vulgar) alternative spelling of schmuck
shmup etymology Phonetic contraction of shoot-'em-up.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, slang) A shoot-'em-up.
    • 2005, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks Highlights include the great-looking shmup Judgement Silversword.
    • 2005, Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun for Game Design Galaga was probably the most influential of all of these because it added bonus levels and the power-up, a concept that has become standard in every shmup.
  • humps
shneid etymology From Yiddish {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US, sports) A losing streak, especially a hitless period in baseball.
  • shined
sho pronunciation
  • (RP) /ʃəʊ/
  • (GenAm) /ʃoʊ/
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etymology 1 Eye-dialectal spellings.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (Southern US, African American Vernacular English) eye-dialect of sure
  2. (childish) eye-dialect of so
etymology 2 From Japanese (shō).
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A Japanese free reed musical instrument similar to the sheng.
etymology 3 {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}} Of modern scholarly coinage.
  1. A letter of the Greek alphabet used to write the Bactrian language: uppercase Ϸ, lowercase ϸ.
  • HOS, Hos., hos, ohs, Osh, soh
shocking pronunciation šo:kɪŋ
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. Inspiring shock; startling
  2. Unusually obscene or lewd
  3. (colloquial) Extremely bad
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of shock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The application of an electric shock.
    • 2005, Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet We terrorize millions of vulnerable and defenseless animals daily with painful shockings, beatings, brandings, …
  • chokings
shock site
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A website intended to be offensive or shock to most viewers, containing frightening and/or extreme distasteful and crude content of a pornographic, scatological, or grotesquely violent nature. In most cases, it displays a particular picture most prominently; some shock sites also show animations or galleries of images, particularly shock images.
shoddyism etymology shoddy + ism pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) shoddy quality or condition
{{Webster 1913}}
shoebox etymology shoe + box pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The box in which shoes are sold. In one shoebox he had a whole collection of seeds he had saved from last year.
  2. (pejorative) A small, cramped residence or similar space.
shoefiti etymology From shoe + graffiti
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) shoe tossing
shoegasm etymology shoe + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An intense excitement or pleasure caused by looking at, wearing, or buying shoe.
shoegazey etymology shoegaze + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, informal, music) Having elements of the shoegaze style.
    • 1997, Ira A Robbins, The Trouser Press guide to '90s rock ...unaffected harmonies over fairly conventional shoegazey rock, though usually to exceptionally beautiful effect.
shoehorn {{wikipedia}} etymology shoe + horn pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈʃuːˌhɔː(ɹ)n/
  • (US) /ˈʃuːˌhɔɹn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool used to assist putting the foot into a shoe by sliding the heel in.
  2. (derogatory) Anything by which a transaction is facilitate; a medium. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (obsolete) Anything which draws on or allure; an inducement. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (literally) To use a shoehorn.
  2. (transitive) To force (something) into (a tight space); to squeeze (something) into (a schedule, etc); to exert great effort to insert or include (something). I shoehorned his dozen burgeoning bags into the backseat of my tiny car, and off we went. His staff want to shoehorn an extra stop into his already packed campaigning schedule.
    • 2012, The Economist, Oct 13th 2012 issue, Italian politics: Who will be Italy’s next prime minister? A member of Mr Monti’s government admitted that, barring a hung parliament, it was impossible for the moment to see how Mr Monti could be shoehorned into politics after next spring.
shoeicide bomber etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A suicide bomber who conceals explosive devices within his or her shoes.
    • 2002, Tamils get toey, in the Herald Sun, April 16, 2002 Tamil Tiger rebels who see suicide bombing as a privilege have protected their leader from potential “shoeicidebombers. A hardcore group had to remove shoes worn for at least nine hours by journalists and sniff socks.
    • 2004, Matthew Sussex, European Security After 9/11 Reid is the would-be ‘shoeicidebomber who was apprehended in midair during early 2002 when he (almost comically) attempted to ignite a fuse in his shoes that were laden with plasitic explosives.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, informal) Of poor or dubious quality, shoddy, unreliable.
    • 1986, Sociological Association of Australia and New Zealand, ANZJS: The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Sociology, Volume 22, [http//|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=HxmPdlH1-3&sig=LevP-2zkmMZsQ8zaelyLcNTAkZA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NLxFUOufEo3OmgXVvoDgDA&redir_esc=y page 475], The argument gets even shonkier when they claim that the boundary between clerical and administrative work is difficult to define anyway, and that routinisation and fragmentation have affected lower and middle management too (pp. 95–6).
    • 2000, Australian Senate, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), [http//|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=e4Js_xPm9b&sig=BlBPPXoTLQwq1kw0eRJcuU9brH4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NLxFUOufEo3OmgXVvoDgDA&redir_esc=y page 13548], The committee heard much evidence that this is a farce, yet this government have continued to try to pretend that their forecast, based on the shonkiest of assumptions—their model, with the shonkiest of assumptions—is really what is going to happen.
    • 2002, , , [http//|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=K5Tsv8zmHB&sig=JLq6eGJz6tox5EP795b71CF7opo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NLxFUOufEo3OmgXVvoDgDA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 158], He might be a dole-bludger, a gambler and have the shonkiest tattoo in the world on his arm, but he'll agree to almost anything.
    • 2009, , The Sex Diaries, [http//|%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=g3w1EY0_Uo&sig=8UOx9isyE4_uS6fKY-Uu3ZbK8Ik&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yrdFUK5Nz5CIB4HagNgL&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shonky%22|%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 242], That′s why it is infuriating that there are still so many sharks out there who are determined to rip men off with shonky treatments that simply don′t work.
    • 2010, Stephen Gaunson, The Glenrowan Affair, Ben Goldsmith, Geoff Lealand (editors), Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand, [http//|%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=WBOvZkYGvD&sig=XU-APGSjr1sBwngH8n14S0AxnsI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yrdFUK5Nz5CIB4HagNgL&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22shonky%22|%22shonkier%22|%22shonkiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 98], Marred by shonky direction and factual errors, the film did nothing to enhance Kathner′s already poor reputation.
shoo etymology Compare German scheuchen to scare, drive away. pronunciation
  • /ʃuː/
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  • {{homophones}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To induce someone or something to leave. Don't just shoo away mosquitoes, kill them! See if you can shoo off the insurance salesmen.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To leave under inducement. You kids had better shoo before your parents get a call.
  3. (informal, rare) To usher someone. Shoo the visitor in.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, demeaning) Go away! Clear off!
Synonyms: See also
  • oohs
  • Soho, SoHo, SOHO
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A visitor to a coastal area who looks out of place.
    • 2005. Patrick Costello. Greenhead Politics: The Story Brigantine Taxpayers Were Never Told, Page 9: For Brigantine residents, the sight of an out-of-towner, or "shoobie" as locals refer to tourists, maniacally jumping about and swatting at his legs, is as common on the beach as lifeguards and bikinis.
Southern New Jersey.
shoop pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ʃuːp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (music) Used as a scat word in song lyrics.
    • 1963, Rudy Clark, The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) If you want to know / (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) / If he loves you so / (Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop) / It's in his kiss.
    • 1993, Salt-N-Pepa, Shoop I like what ya do when you do what ya do / You make me wanna shoop / Shoop shoop ba-doop / Shoop ba-doop.
    • 1995, Whitney Houston, Exhale (Shoop Shoop) But there comes a point when / When we exhale (yeah, yeah, say) / Shoop, shoop, shoop / Shoo be doop shoop shoop (yeah).
etymology 2 Conscious back-formation from sheep on the pattern of Germanic strong declension nouns such as goosegeese, toothteeth, footfeet, and the similarly jocularly-formed moosemeese.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) A sheep; specifically singular form of sheep.
    • 2001: “A Magee”, (Google group): Better Living Through SpamWtImEndTag[@i](), the 13th day of January at 9:54am > http// thought you were a goat not a shoop.
    • 2001: “Rick Lalonde”, (Google group): Baaah HumbugWtImEndTag[@i](), the 28th day of March at 7:29pm The process is quite simple: with the sheep firmly planted in the boots, the shepherd — let’s call him Rumplestiltskin for arguement’s sake — sneaks up behind the sheep (or the singular shoop) and inserts his feet in the boots behind the shoop.
    • 2002: “R H Draney”, alt.usage.english (Google group): AgendaeWtImEndTag[@i](), the 15th day of January at 7:37am > Now, look here. If you’re going to introduce multiple sheep into this thread, the least you could do is call them sheepae.> (Pronounced “sheep-eye”?)“Sheep” *is* plural… the singular is “shoop” (analogy “feet/foot”, “teeth/tooth”)…
    • 2002: “Jared of Europa”, (Google group): Tailors ahoy!WtImEndTag[@i](), the 6th day of November at 6:50pm >>> Is there any tailor here who still collects own cloth by sheerinh sheeps or such?That’s clearly wrong… like geese is the plural of goose, sheep must be the plural of shoop. No?
    • 2009: “TimC”, alt.sysadmin.recovery (Google group): inept customer serviceWtImEndTag[@i](), the 21st day of August at 12:33pm If the plural of moose is meese the singular of sheep must be shoop.
etymology 3 Alteration of shop.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang) An image that has been modified using or similar to produce a misleading impression; an instance of petty, amateur fauxtography.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang) Exclaimed or posted to make the accusation that the image in question has been manipulated to produce a misleading and false impression.
  • hoops
  • posho
shoot pronunciation
  • /ʃuːt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English shoten, from Old English scēotan, from Proto-Germanic *skeutaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with West Frisian sjitte, Low German scheten, Dutch schieten, German schießen, Danish skyde, Swedish skjuta; and also, through Indo-European, with Russian кидать 〈kidatʹ〉, Albanian hedh and Lithuanian skudrùs.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To launch a projectile.
    1. (transitive) To fire (a weapon that releases a projectile). exampleto shoot a gun
    2. (transitive) To fire (a projectile).
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) If you please / To shoot an arrow that self way.
    3. (transitive) To fire a projectile at (a person or target). exampleThe man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could. exampleHe was shot by a police officer.
    4. (intransitive) To cause a weapon to discharge a projectile. exampleThey shot at a target. exampleHe shoots better than he rides.
    5. (slang) To ejaculate. exampleAfter a very short time, he shot his load over the carpet.
    6. (intransitive, usually, as imperative) To begin to speak. example"Can I ask you a question?"   "Shoot."
    7. (intransitive) To discharge a missile; said of a weapon. exampleThe gun shoots well.
    8. (transitive, figurative) To dismiss or do away with. exampleHis idea was shot on sight.
    9. (transitive, analogous) To photograph. exampleHe shot the couple in a variety of poses. exampleHe shot seventeen stills.
  2. To move or act quickly or suddenly.
    1. (intransitive) To move very quickly and suddenly. exampleAfter an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) There shot a streaming lamp along the sky.
      • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VII It didn't take me long to get there. I shot past the head at a ripping rate, the current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges…: or anon we shot into a clearing, with a colored glimpse of the lake and its curving shore far below us.”
    2. To go over or pass quickly through. exampleshoot the rapids
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) She…shoots the Stygian sound.
    3. (transitive) To tip (something, especially coal) down a chute.
    4. (transitive) To penetrate, like a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation. examplea shooting pain in my leg
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Thy words shoot through my heart.
    5. (obsolete, intransitive) To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain.
      • George Herbert (1593-1633) These preachers make / His head to shoot and ache.
    6. (obsolete) To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) If the menstruum be overcharged, metals will shoot into crystals.
    7. To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit.
      • Beaumont and Fletcher (1603-1625) an honest weaver as ever shot shuttle
      • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859) a pit into which the dead carts had nightly shot corpses by scores
    8. (informal, transitive) To send to someone. exampleI'll shoot you an email with all the details
  3. (sport) To act or achieve.
    1. (wrestling) To lunge.
    2. (professional wrestling) To deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed script).
    3. To make the stated score. exampleIn my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
  4. (surveying) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  5. (transitive, intransitive, colloquial) To inject a drug (such as heroin) intravenously.
  6. To develop, move forward.
    1. To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Onions, as they hang, will shoot forth.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) But the wild olive shoots, and shades the ungrateful plain.
    2. To grow; to advance. exampleto shoot up rapidly
      • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) Well shot in years he seemed.
      • James Thomson (poet) (1700-1748) Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, / To teach the young idea how to shoot.
    3. (nautical) To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
    4. To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; often with out. exampleA plant shoots out a bud.
      • Bible, Psalms xxii. 7 They shoot out the lip, they shake the head.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting.
  7. To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend. exampleThe land shoots into a promontory.
    • Charles Dickens (1812-1870) There shot up against the dark sky, tall, gaunt, straggling houses.
  8. (carpentry) To plane straight; to fit by planing.
    • Joseph Moxon (1627-1691) two pieces of wood that are shot, that is, planed or else pared with a paring chisel
  9. To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches.Shot silk
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) The tangled water courses slept, / Shot over with purple, and green, and yellow.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.
    • Evelyn Superfluous branches and shoots of this second spring.
  2. A photography session.
  3. A hunt or shooting competition.
  4. (professional wrestling, slang) An event that is unscripted or legitimate.
  5. The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot.
    • Francis Bacon The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible shoot.
    • Drayton One underneath his horse to get a shoot doth stalk.
  6. A rush of water; a rapid.
  7. (mining) A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (weaving) A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
  9. A shoat; a young pig.
  10. An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; a chute.
{{Webster 1913}}
etymology 2 minced oath for shit
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A mild expletive, expressing disbelief or disdain Didn't you have a concert tonight? Shoot! I forgot! I have to go and get ready...
Synonyms: (mild expletive) darn, dash, fiddlesticks, shucks
  • hoots
  • sooth
  • Sotho
  • toosh
shoot blanks
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To expel semen during orgasm without a single sperm in it.
shooter {{wikipedia}} etymology From shoot + er pronunciation
  • /ˈʃuːtə(r)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who shoot something; a gunner, archer etc.
  2. (slang) A firearm.
  3. A video game in which shooting enemies (or targets) is the main objective.
  4. (professional wrestling slang) A professional wrestler who uses actual fighting moves as part of his style, or who speaks his mind during a live or televised event (instead of speaking from a script).
  5. A large marble used for knock smaller marbles out of a chalk circle.
    • 2011, Jamie MacLennan, ZhaoHui Tang, Bogdan Crivat, Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 You separate the marbles by color until you have four groups, but then you notice that some of the marbles are regulars, some are shooters, and some are peewees.
  6. An alcohol beverage typically served in a shot glass.
  7. A shooting star.
Synonyms: (one who shoots) marksman, (firearm) blaster, (type of video game) shoot-'em-up
  • hooters, reshoot, re-shoot, soother
shoot off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To leave quickly I have to shoot off, my interview starts in under an hour.
  • offshoot
shoot off at the mouth
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) To boast, or brag, or talk too much.
    • 2003, Henry Kissinger, Crisis: The Anatomy Of Two Mojor Foreign Policy Crises, p.28 Don't let [presidential press secretary Ron] Ziegler shoot off at the mouth without our knowledge.
  2. (informal, idiomatic) To disclose some information that was supposed to be secret.
shoot one's load
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To ejaculate; to cum.
    • 2001, Penthouse Magazine, Letters to Penthouse XII: It Just Gets Hotter, link I grab her tighter and shoot my load in her bum.
    • 2005, Sean Wolfe, Close Contact, 343 I knew what that meant, and was ready to shoot my load along with him. His cum sprayed in every direction; huge, thick, white jets of hot cum covering the wall and chair in front of him.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Taboo!, page 56 As my body flushed with unexpected heat and my heart palpitated, with hip-thrusting panache I shot my load all over the TV screen.
    • 2008, Mickey Erlach, Boys Will be Boys, page 42 “I want you to cum with me,” Randy said, “When I shoot my load up that pretty ass, I want you to shoot yours.
Synonyms: see
shoot one's wad
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic) To spend all of one's money.
    • 1982 Oct. 31, Louise M. Forscher, "Letter to Editor: Lake District," New York Times (retrieved 21 August 2013): During the summer of 1965 my two daughters and I, traveling on a very limited budget, shot our wad at Sharrow Bay - and never regretted a penny of it.
  2. (idiomatic) To expend all of one's resource or effort; to express all the arguments or ideas which one has.
    • 1985 May 26, Richard Witkin, "Pilots and United halt talks seeking strike's end," New York Times (retrieved 21 August 2013): Negotiations between United Airlines and striking pilots broke off yesterday after the two sides . . . became deadlocked over back-to-work provisions. . . . Ralph Colliander, a board mediator, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying: "We have shot our wad. You get burnt up once in a while."
    • 1993, , Compelling Evidence, ISBN 9781101563939, (Google preview): When the old hair falls out, new hair begins to replace it, and the cycle starts again, though not for Harry, who says his follicles have shot their wad.
    • 2004, Stephen Goodwin, Breaking Her Fall, ISBN 9780156029698, page 179 (Google preview): I have a special fondness for all late summer bloomers since so many gardens, and all the fancy perennial gardens, have shot their wad by then.
  3. (idiomatic, vulgar, of a man) To ejaculate.
    • 2010, , Sodomy!, ISBN 9781590210314, page 62 (Google preview): [W]henever a particularly delectable wrestler got tossed across the ring, landing with a meaty thump, his dick would swell and tingle and he'd nearly shoot his wad.
Synonyms: (spend all one's money) blow one's wad, (expend all one's resources) blow one's wad, shoot one's bolt, (ejaculate) blow one's wad, shoot one's load, see
shoots pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of shoot
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of shoot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) Alright; ok; of course.''Hunter Travel Guides: Adventure Guide Kauai'', by Heather McDaniel, Hunter Publishing, Inc., 2007, page 40.
    • 2006, Steen Marcussen, 2000 Carats, page 410: Johannis and Marcella took a yellow cab downtown and asked the driver to stop in front of First National City Bank.—“Shoots!”—he answered.Marcella looked at Johannis with question marks in the eyes.—Ok! It means ok Marcella.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) Goodbye.
    • 2010, David Heaukulani, The Reficul Parallax: Godsquad Genesis, page 112: The concierge began talking on the phone in the local pidgin. “Eh, anikala Moki, diz Rodney at work, howzit? I get one winnah for you today. Diz guys like go Miloliʻi … no kidding uncle, four poʻe ipukea kane, come now. Shoots.”
shoot the boots
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Canada, idiomatic, slang) To kick swiftly and violently, especially in the groin.
    • 2000 June 1, Jennifer Wells, "Trouble with Tracy," Toronto Life (Canada) (retrieved 13 Apr. 2009): The family moved about—Hamilton, Mississauga, Jane and Weston Road. "That's when my whole life switched from the good guy to the bad guy," he says now. "Right here in this city. The first day of school, I learned how to spit. Shoot the boots."
    • 2006, Paul Dupuis, Armageddon Forever, Trinity Enterprise (Canada), ISBN 9781897306307, p. 2: It was strange because the boy I was fighting with had developed a reputation for being able to shoot the boots and I was supposed to be good with my hands.
shoot the shit etymology {{rfe}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To chat casually; to gossip. We didn't do much besides stand around and shoot the shit, but it was fun to see him again.
Synonyms: shoot the breeze, chew the fat
shoot through
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: shoot, through
  2. (Australian, NZ, informal) To leave.
    • 1977, Valmai Phillips, Romance of Australian Lighthouses, unidentified page, He did not mind the new store, but when some stirrer said that there was a motel coming, he shot through to find a better hole further inland, muttering that 'the place is getting as big as one of them southern city places!’
    • 1982, James K. Baxter, Howard McNaughton. Collected Plays, page 123, He shoots through to Australia, and I'm left with the kid.
    • 2008, Elizabeth Bruce, A Show Off, Just Like Your Father, page 68, But on learning it was twins he shot through to Queensland into – I later discovered – the waiting arms of his lover.
    • 2010, Stephen Lacey, Henry Loves Jazz: The Diary of a Reluctant Father, unnumbered page, What Father Nelson must have made of our all-too-candid (and slightly embellished) responses is anybody's guess, but it wasn't long before he shot through to New Guinea to work as a missionary with the kind of tribesmen who wear penis gourds.
shoot through like a Bondi tram From shoot through + emphatic simile.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial, informal) To leave in haste.
    • 1945 April, John Scarlett, censored dispatch quoted in 2011, Fay Anderson, Richard Trembath, Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting, Melbourne University Press, page 197, …then he gets back into his jeep says good luck boys and shoots through like a Bondi tram.
    • 1994, Lydia Laube, The Long Way Home: Nobody Goes that Way, 2002, page 22, When it came to the real thing, panic took over and the routine shot through like a Bondi tram, to be replaced by a three-ring circus.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, page 431, She had put the wind up them, called them “un-Australian”, and took to them with her parasol and they shot through like a Bondi tram, one of the men with a gash on his neck that he won′t quickly forget.
shooty etymology shoot + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Involving the shoot of weapon.
    • 2007, The Official Xbox Magazine: Issues 75-78 the swingy, shooty theatrics of Bionic Commando
  2. (UK, dialect) Sprouting or coming up free and regular. {{rfquotek}}
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shop {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English shoppe, from Old English sceoppa, scoppa, from Proto-Germanic *skupp-, *skup-, from Proto-Indo-European *skub-, *skup-. Cognate with German Schuppen, German Schober. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ʃɒp/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ʃɑp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An establishment that sell goods or services to the public; originally a physical location, but now a virtual establishment as well.
    • Cowper From shop to shop / Wandering, and littering with unfolded silks / The polished counter.
  2. A place where things are craft; a workshop or hobbyshop.
    • Shakespeare A tailor called me in his shop.
  3. An automobile mechanic's workplace.
  4. Workplace; office. Used mainly in expressions such as shop talk, closed shop and shop floor.
  5. A variety of classes taught in junior or senior high school that teach vocational skill.
  6. (business, computing) an organisation using specified programming languages or software, often exclusively. Our company is mostly a Java shop.
  7. An act of shopping, especially routine shopping for food and other domestic supplies. This is where I do my weekly shop.
  8. (figurative, uncountable) Discussion of business or professional affairs.
    • “What struck me about the occasion was the quiet though cheerful tone of the gathering, the restraint, noticeable also in the very few speeches. Chemistry was taboo, by common consent — no " shop " allowed.”, South African Chemical Institute, Proceedings, page 28, 1917
    • “But Mary cut her short.<br/>"We don't allow shop at tea, Sally," she said firmly.”, 1919, Virginia Woolf, Night and Day
    • “Nothing but shop was ever talked on any of these occasions. I am sure these close relationships were necessary for the conduct of the war, and I could not have grasped the whole position without them.”, Winston Churchill, The Second World War, 1953, Strain and Suspense, page 619
Synonyms: (establishment that sells goods) boutique, retail outlet, store (US); see also , (place where things are crafted) atelier, studio, workshop, (automobile mechanic's workplace) garage, (workplace) office, place of work, workplace, (wood shop) carpentry, wood shop, woodwork, (metal shop) metal shop, metalwork
related terms:
  • shoppe
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To visit shops; to look around shops with the intention of buying something. I went shopping early, before the Christmas rush. He’s shopping for clothes.
  2. (transitive, slang, chiefly, UK) To report the criminal activities or whereabouts of someone to an authority. He shopped his mates in to the police.
  3. (transitive, internet slang) Shorthand for photoshop; to digitally edit a picture or photograph.
Synonyms: (to report a criminal to authority) grass up (slang)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to attract the services of a shop assistant
  • hops, hosp, OHPs, posh, soph
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A shopkeeper.
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related terms:
  • barkeep
shoppy etymology shop + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated) Inclined to talk shop; full of jargon.
    • Elizabeth Gaskell I don't like shoppy people. I think we are far better off, knowing only cottagers and labourers, and people without pretence.
    • 1890, Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant When golfers get together their talk is more unutterably shoppy than even that of hunters, cricketers, or racing men.
    • 1900, Macmillan's Magazine A novel of clerical life written by a clergyman is apt to be what is vulgarly called shoppy, to dwell upon details which may interest other clergymen …
    • 1987, Carol Groneman, Mary Beth Norton, "To Toil the Livelong Day": America's Women at Work, 1780-1980 Standish had a mind that "seldom wandered from the shop and things shoppy," …
  2. (rare) Of the kind or quality expected from a shop.
    • 1898, H G Wells, The Man Who Could Work Miracles For instance, he had three eggs for breakfast; two his landlady had supplied, good, but shoppy, and one was a delicious fresh goose-egg, laid, cooked, and served by his extraordinary will.
  3. (colloquial, dated) Abounding with shop.
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  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) The skin of a sheep after the fleece is shorn off, as distinct from the morling, or skin taken from the dead sheep.
  2. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A sheep of the first year's shearing.
  3. (UK, dialect, obsolete) A person who is shorn; a shaveling.
  4. (UK, dialect, obsolete, by extension, derogatory) A priest. {{rfquotek}}
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short {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English short, schort, from Old English sċeort, scort, from Proto-Germanic *skurtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)k(ʷ)Art-, *(s)k(ʷ)Ard-. Cognate with Scots short, schort, Old High German scurz (whence Middle High German schurz), Old Norse skorta (whence Danish skorte), Albanian shkurt, Latin curtus, Russian короткий 〈korotkij〉. More at shirt. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ʃɔːt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontal or vertical.
  2. (of a person) Of comparatively little height.
  3. Having little duration; opposite of long.
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    Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long.
  4. (followed by for) Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another). “Phone” is short for “telephone” and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".
  5. (cricket, Of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman.
  6. (cricket, Of a fielder or fielding position) that is relatively close to the batsman.
  7. (of pastries and metals) Brittle, crumbly, especially due to the use of too much shortening. (See shortbread, shortcake, shortcrust.)
    • 2013, Historic Heston (ISBN 1620402343), page 122: I chose to interpret the references to butter and sugar as indicating that a short pastry was required. (Later editions suggest a biscuit-like texture.)
  8. Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant. He gave a short answer to the question.
  9. Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty. a short supply of provisions
  10. Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking. to be short of money The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.
  11. Deficient; less; not coming up to a measure or standard. an account which is short of the truth
    • Landor Hardly anything short of an invasion could rouse them again to war.
  12. (obsolete) Not distant in time; near at hand.
    • Spenser Marinell was sore offended / That his departure thence should be so short.
    • Clarendon He commanded those who were appointed to attend him to be ready by a short day.
  13. In a financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future. I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging.
  • (having a small distance between ends or edges) short is often used in the positive vertical dimension and used as is shallow in the negative vertical dimension; in the horizontal dimension narrow is more commonly used.
Synonyms: (having a small distance between ends or edges) low, narrow, slim, shallow, (of a person, of comparatively little height) little, pint-sized, petite, titchy (slang), (having little duration) brief, concise, (constituting an abbreviation (for)) an abbreviation of, a short form of
  • (having a small distance between ends or edges) tall, high, wide, broad, deep, long
  • (of a person, of comparatively little height) tall
  • (having little duration) long
  • (cricket, of a fielder or fielding position, relatively close to the batsman) long
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Abruptly, curtly, briefly. They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street. He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting. The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.
  2. Unawares. The recent developments at work caught them short.
  3. Without achieving a goal or requirement. His speech fell short of what was expected.
  4. (cricket, of the manner of bounce of a cricket ball) Relatively far from the batsman and hence bouncing higher than normal; opposite of full.
  5. (finance) With a negative ownership position. We went short most finance companies in July.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short circuit.
  2. A short film.
    • 2012 July 12, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift Preceded by a Simpsons short shot in 3-D—perhaps the only thing more superfluous than a fourth Ice Age movie—Ice Age: Continental Drift finds a retinue of vaguely contemporaneous animals coping with life in the post-Pangaea age.
  3. Used to indicate a short-length version of a size 38 short suits fit me right off the rack. Do you have that size in a short.
  4. (baseball) A shortstop. Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.
  5. (finance) A short seller. The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.
  6. (finance) A short sale. He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.
  7. A summary account.
    • Shakespeare The short and the long is, our play is preferred.
  8. (phonetics) A short sound, syllable, or vowel.
    • H. Sweet If we compare the nearest conventional shorts and longs in English, as in "bit" and "beat", "not" and "naught", we find that the short vowels are generally wide, the long narrow, besides being generally diphthongic as well.
  9. (programming) An integer variable shorter than normal integers; usually two bytes long.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cause a short circuit in (something).
  2. (intransitive) Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.
  3. (transitive) To shortchange.
  4. (transitive) To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount. This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.
  5. (transitive, business) To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.
  6. (obsolete) To shorten.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Deficient in. We are short a few men on the second shift. He's short common sense.
  2. (finance) Having a negative position in. I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.
Synonyms: (deficient in) lacking, short on
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