Green’s Dictionary of Slang

piss- pfx

(orig. US) a general intensifier, usu. derog. but not always.

implied in piss-rotten
[UK]A.B. Guthrie Way West 253: The Snake ain’ no piss-piddle of a river.
[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 80: Aah, you ain’t fit yet to talk about combat, you piss-bellied—.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 41: You sloppy piss-witted bastard!
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 9: pissdrunk – drunk.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 114: The only soul inside was the owner, piss-drunk.

In compounds

piss-awful (adj.)

very bad, very unpleasant.

[UK](con. 1940s) J.G. Farrell Singapore Grip 179: They produce this piss-awful rubber but that’s their business.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 84/1: piss awful very unpleasant.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 21 Jan. 18: Grunge deliberately looked and sounded as dingy, abrasive and piss-awful as its perpetrators.
piss-easy (adj.)

very easy.

[UK]Viz Oct./Nov. 2: Oh, fuck that Tom! It’s piss easy.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 9: I reckon it [i.e. drug dealing] must look very inviting, like piss-easy money, which it is when all goes well.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 330: Piss-easy, this bodyguarding lark.

see separate entries.

piss-poor (adj.) (also poor as piss)

1. third-rate, incompetent, useless.

M. Kantor Glory for Me 183: I guess I know I'm piss-poor in a job like this.
[UK]D. Davin For the Rest of Our Lives 370: Frank had asked him how it was: Poor as piss, he answered, poor as piss.
[UK]K. Amis letter 23 Jan. in Leader (2000) 419: Snap judgment on what I’ve seen (not much): P.P.P. (pretty pisspoor).
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 20 Aug. in Proud Highway (1997) 283: It’s kind of honorable to tilt with the Rotary Club, but piss-poor when they shoot you down.
[US]J. Wambaugh Blue Knight 240: My partner, a piss-poor excuse for a cop.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 22: Weather was piss-poor, that I know.
[UK]Guardian Guide 31 July–6 Aug. 4: The mezzobrow postmodernism and the piss-poor sequels.
Wayne Guestbook 8 Mar. at [Internet] I’d rather have a Honda MELODY instead of that PISS POOR BAG OF SHITE HAYAPUSSY!!!
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 137: Jerry the tech in headphones, fiddling, tapping, talking to his throat mike. ‘Yeah, piss-poor, yeah, okay, here we go’.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] They did a piss-poor job of making it look like he’d killed himself.

2. totally lacking in finances.

[[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 234: Don’t stay to pick a single fob; / Tho’ we are poor as we can piss].
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 13 Mar. in Proud Highway (1997) 327: A piss-poor living it is.
[UK]J. Baker Walking With Ghosts (2000) 116: She’s piss-poor.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Viva La Madness 289: I knew [...] all his big piss-poor family.
piss-rotten (adj.)

appalling, unpleasant, distasteful.

E. Pound Cantos lxix 174: Bingham, Carrol of Carrolton Gone piss-rotten for Hamilton Cabot, Fisher Ames [etc.].
Ziggy’s Video Realm [Internet] The movie furnishes some of the most piss rotten production values since Ed Wood graced us with Plan Nine From Outer Space.
piss-scared (adj.)


[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) II iii: They’re piss scared I’ll cause trouble.
[SA]B. Simon ‘Outers’ Born in the RSA (1997) 50: I could have fought Pierre Fourie but he was piss-scared of me.
piss-sick (adj.) [SE sick (and tired)]

utterly contemptuous.

[UK]Observer 3 Oct. 22: She’s sick, sick, just piss-sick, of everything now being all hype and no content.
piss-weak (adj.)

1. weak, cowardly, pathetic (cf. weak as piss under weak adj.).

G. Mill Nobody Dies But Me (2003) 70: [I]f it is possible to muck it up further The Mucus will, and although he’s only pissweak, in a physical sense, he has a temper like a bloody wild cat.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 132: Billy’s walkabout was piss-weak compared to what mine was.
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 169: You are a bloody lop-eared, snaggle-toothed, drippy faced, feeble-minded, piss-weak, [...] fart-faced flip of a fucking galah!
[Aus]M. Bail Homesickness (1999) 299: They were piss-weak in the war.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 94: Yer not gunna cop out now. Come on — we’re late [...] (mutters) Piss-weak!
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 84/2: piss weak inadequate or mean or cowardly.
[Aus](con. 1945–6) P. Doyle Devil’s Jump (2008) 58: I’ve heard some piss-weak bullshit in my thirty years in union politics but [...] you really take the cake.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) Aug. [Internet] I sort of expected such a pissweak insult from the repesentative of this gutless mob of Sprungkok black shooters.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 239: That’s the fed approach [...] Any phone, anybody, any time, any reason, no matter how pissweak.

2. of alcohol, lacking strength.

[UK]T. Black Gutted 167: ‘Gimme a pint.’ I pointed to some piss-weak-looking Belgian brand on the pump.

In phrases

piss-bolt (v.)

(Aus.) to run (away) fast.

Urban Dict. 7 Sept. [Internet] pissbolt Australian slang [...] You should have seen that kid pissbolt out of there.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Saw you piss-bolt down the street.
Twitter 29 July [Internet] I just piss-bolted to catch a fucken train and fucken got there right as the door was closing.