(taboo, slang) a swear word that many people find offensive, used to show that you are angry or annoyed Shit! I've lost my keys! Less offensive exclamations to use are damn, or darn it (especially North American English), and blast or bother, (British English). Word Origin Old English scitte ‘diarrhoea’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schijten, German scheissen (verb). The term was originally neutral and used without vulgar connotation.