Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shite n.

[var. on shit n. (1a) and combs]

1. [18C+] excrement.

2. [late 18C+] an act of defecation.

3. [1920s+] rubbish, nonsense.

4. [1920s+] an unpleasant person.

5. [1970s+] a derog. form of address.

6. [1980s+] the essence, the ‘daylights’.

7. [1990s+] something useless, second-rate, inferior etc.

8. [2000s] anything disgusting.

In compounds

shitehawk (n.) (also shitehound) [SE hawk/-hound sfx]

[1940s+] a person of little worth; also attrib.


see separate entries.

shite shifter (n.) [lit. a defecator]

[1970s] (Irish) a term of abuse.

In phrases

break one’s shite (v.)

[2000s] (Irish) to collapse in laughter.

frighten the shite out of (v.) (also frighten the lard out of)

[late 19C+] to terrify.

give out shite (v.) [give out v. (9)]

[1990s+] (Irish) to criticize, to scold.

have one’s shite (v.)

[late 19C+] (Irish) to be due to suffer, usu. as an indication of rejection.


see under shit-for-brains.

In exclamations

a shite on!

synon. with ‘to hell with’.

get to shite off!

[1920s+] a harsh demand to go away.