|‘Ballad on the Old Proverbs’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 112: Yet you would say, if you knew all within, / Shitten come Shite the beginning of Love is, / And for her Favour I care not a pin.|
|Sel. Letters (1975) 192: Some night when [...] you feel your shite ready to fall put your arms round my neck in shame.letter 20 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman|
|in Limerick (1953) 99: There was a young fellow named Kelly / Who preferred his wife’s ass to her belly. / He shrieked with delight / As he ploughed through the shite, / And filled up her hole with his jelly.|
|Da (1981) Act I: Sure, what’s Churchill anyway [...] only a yahoo, with a cigar stuck in his fat gob and the face on him like boiled shite.|
|No Surrender 11: There’ll be walkin’ in a good deal of shite then.|
|Weir 73: He’ll be like a fly on a big pile of shite, so he will.|
|Untold Stories (2006) 298: Shit I think of as the self-contained shapes; shite as what’s smeared round the sides of the bin.diary in|
2. an act of defecation.
|‘The Great Plenipotentiary’ Coll. of Songs (1788) 45: For fancied Delight, they all clubbed for a Shite, / To Frig in the School necessary.|
|(con. 1920s) Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 218: A shave, a shampoo and a shite and I’m a new man.|
|Fivemiletown 46: I’ve just had a liquid shite.‘Why the Good Lord Must Persecute Me’ in|
|Brownbread and War 56: I have to have a shite – I’m goin’ in the corner here .|
|Sopranos 224: It’s no you did that shite in the taxi is it?|
3. rubbish, nonsense.
|Sel. Letters (1981) 282: Bloody near 2550 words. Probably shite too.letter 9 Aug. in Baker|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 16: What is truth? Balls. What is love? Shite.letter 23 June in Thwaite|
|letter 18 June in Leader (2000) 285: You don’t often, however much our sort may pretend so, pick up a book that’s four-star, alpha-plus, specially selected, cordon-bleu shite.|
|Train to Hell 80: He’s getting paid for shite. Taking all that money off them dick-heads for performing that rubbish!|
|Snapper 200: Don’t start tha’ raisin’ your eyes to heaven shite with me.|
|Indep. Rev. 6 Nov. 8: It is a load of sanctimonious old shite.|
|Soothing Music for Stray Cats 66: They’d soon realise what wankers they really are [...] spending loads of dosh on therapy shite.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] Don’t give me your shite!|
|Glorious Heresies 136: ‘What a pile of shite,’ said the woman.|
|Rules of Revelation 277: [S]he’d feel whole and wholesome, all that shite.|
4. an unpleasant person.
|Sel. Letters (1981) 295: You must have thought me a shite not to write.letter 9 Feb. in Baker|
|(con. 1918) German Prisoner 19: ‘You lump of shite [...] When you’ve learned to piss in your cap, you sucker, you’ll have room to talk’.|
|Sel. Letters of Philip Larkin (1992) 295: You must feel lonely in London with nobody but shites to talk to.in Thwaite|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Snatches and Lays 34: One day there chanced to heave in sight / A Jebusite, a bloody shite.‘The Harlot of Jerusalem’ in|
|Annals of Ballykilferret 41: Be japers I have ye now, ye shite!|
|Smokey Hollow 79: The latter [...] regarded those well-dressed children as stuck-up snobs, called then ‘little shites with sugar on’.|
|Trainspotting 64: His biscuit-ersed face and his plukes completely ruin the image the smarmy wee shite’s tryin tae achieve.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 175: Go get the shite.|
|Salesman 133: Don’t be such a dry shite, will you.|
|Awaydays 10: They’re pure Wrexham shite, those two.|
|Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] A hard man, a gun man, and a cocky litttle gangster shite.‘Topless Vampire Bitches’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds)|
5. a derog. form of address.
|Da (1981) Act II: You old shite. You wouldn’t even use the money.|
|Boys from the Blackstuff (1985) [TV script] 119: ’Cos the likes of you, y’ shite. You’re nothing. Y’ the dregs.‘Moonlighter’ in|
|Commitments 138: Yeh bad shite, yeh, said Jimmy.|
|Salesman 291: But yer some dozy shite; Homer, aren’t you?|
|Vatican Bloodbath 15: Ah’m gonnae knock your fuckin’ block off, ya cheeky wee shite!|
|Black Swan Green 154: You cocky little shite, Giles Noak.|
|Killing Pool 9: Fuck sake, girl, a collar is a collar is a collar — don’t they teach that to you soft shites.|
6. the essence, the ‘daylights’.
|Spike Island (1981) 37: There’s this buck wellying shite out of the wings of the car!|
7. something useless, second-rate, inferior etc.
|Official and Doubtful 267: Nobody can get more than a couple of forkfuls of the shite down.|
|Grits 4: Good gear like? Not cut with too much shite, no?|
|Guardian Rev. 25 Apr. 15/5: ‘A bag of shite’ was the much quoted comment on his inauguration.|
|Killing Pool 52: The cut and adulterated shite that passes for coke on the street.|
|‘Suicide Chump’ in ThugLit July [ebook] My day had already been one huge cluster of black shite and buggery.|
8. anything disgusting.
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 16: They’re covered in blood and shite, and all sorts.|
see shit-all n.
see shit ass n.
see shit-ass adj.
see shit-brained adj.
a person of little worth; also attrib.
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 141: Sucking from their fingers mere smears of food. ‘Shite-hawks’ we called them. They had lost all sense of reason and proportion.|
|I’ll Soldier No More 95: That shitehawk [...] Why can’t a man like that be shot like a sick horse, can you tell me why, now?|
|Nil Carborundum (1963) Act I: I’ll show him. Him and his heel-banging shitehawk soldiers.|
|Steptoe and Son [TV script] They don’t want any dirty, smelly, uncouth little foul-mouthed shitehawks in hob-nailed boots.‘Loathe Story’|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 122: A straightforward Military Intelligence plan for the extermination of two flocks of dangerous shitehawks with the one stone.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 243: ‘More journalists,’ said Wayne. ‘Shite-hounds, you mean,’ said Oz.|
|Van (1998) 407: Jimmy Sr. would throw the little shitehawk out on his ear if he turned up now.|
|Powder 131: How come you write him up like a messiah when you know he’s a phoney little shitehawk?|
|Layer Cake 48: The world is full of shite-hawks and envious ne’erdowells.|
|Glorious Heresies 248: Fashion came round in cycles. Shitehawks, she guessed, stayed the same.|
see shithead n.
see shithole n.
see shithouse n.
see shit-pit under shit n.
see separate entries.
see shitpot n. (2)
(Irish) a term of abuse.
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 130: I know you [...] You non-conformist shite shifter.|
see beat the shit out of v.
(Irish) to collapse in laughter.
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 115: Everyone breaks their shites laughing.|
|Children of the Rainbow 15: Just when I had the lard frightened out of them! You!|
|Woman Who Walked Into Doors 18: I said the word Penis like I’d said Desk or Road. Erect. Menstruation. Vagina. Tampon. Headache. Great words; I frightened the shite out of them.|
(Irish) to criticize, to scold.
|Van (1998) 475: Maggie gave out shite; she said she’d never be able to get the rings off the bath.|
(Irish) to be due to suffer, usu. as an indication of rejection.
see in one’s hole under hole n.1
see kick the shit out of under shit, the phr.
see knock the shit out of under shit, the phr.
see seven kinds of shit under shit n.
see under shit-for-brains.
see under sure as... phr.
synon. with ‘to hell with’.
|Collection of Songs (1788) 59: He told a damn’d lie / In the ear of the king; / Then a shite on his name.‘The Virgin Minister’|
a harsh demand to go away.
|Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack 64: Get to shite off! Get off!|