- 1[intransitive, transitive] shit (something) to empty solid waste matter from the bowels A more polite way of expressing this is ‘to go to the toilet/lavatory’ (British English), ‘to go to the bathroom’ (North American English) or ‘to go’. A more formal expression is ‘to empty the bowels’.
- 2[transitive] shit yourself to empty solid waste matter from the bowels by accident
- 3[transitive] shit yourself to be very frightened 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.
BrE BrE//ʃɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪt//(taboo, slang) shat
BrE BrE//ʃæt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃæt//and, in British English, shitted
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪtɪd//are also used for the past tense and past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shit
BrE BrE//ʃɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪt//he / she / it shits
BrE BrE//ʃɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪts//past simple shit
BrE BrE//ʃɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪt//past participle shit
BrE BrE//ʃɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪt//-ing form shitting
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪtɪŋ//