Green’s Dictionary of Slang

turd n.

[OE tord, ult. presumed Indo-Eur. root *der, tear or split. Orig. use, c.1000, was simply excrement, the additional pej. meaning was added mid-15C. Thus Harman’s Caveat (1567) translates the Und. phrase ‘Gerry gan the Ruffian cly thee’ as ‘A torde in thy mouth, the deuill take thee’ (Gerry, jere n.). As with many similar terms, vulgar rather than actual sl., turd was excluded from polite speech (and dictionaries) by late 18C. It has remained off-limits, although like many of the ‘milder’ obscenities, it has crept gradually into spoken, if not written English, esp. where, like its cognate shit n. (2a), it refers not to excrement, but to a human object of derision or dislike]

1. [11C+] a piece of excrement; thus dog turd

2. [1990s+] (US) a black person.

3. [late 15C+] (also turdy-gut) an unappealing person, or object.

4. see dog turd

In derivatives

turdish (adj.)

[1930s+] unpleasant, obnoxious.

turdy (adj.)

[early 17C] covered in excrement, or generally disgusting.

In compounds

dog turd (n.) (also dog’s turd)

1. canine excrement.

2. [1960s+] (also turd) a large cigar [lit. resemblance].

3. [1980s+] an obnoxious person or thing; also attrib. [fig. resemblance].

turdball (adj.) [-ball sfx]

lit. a ball of excrement, used as a derog. descriptor.

turd blossom (n.)

[2010s] a general term of abuse .

turd-breath (n.)

[2000s+] a general term of abuse; lit. one whose breath stinks of excrement.

turdburger (n.)

[2000s] (Aus.) a term of abuse.

turd-burglar (n.) (also turd bandit) [shit n. (1) + SE burglar, his predilection for anal intercourse]

1. [1960s+] (orig. Aus.) a homosexual man; thus turd-burgling n. and adj.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

turd-coloured (adj.)


turd cutter (n.)

[1990s+] (US campus) the buttocks; the anus.

turd fondler (n.)

[2000s+] a self-aggrandising fool, devoid of self-knowledge; a lickspittle.

turd hampers (n.)

[late 18C] breeches.

turdkicker (n.)

[1960s] (US) a yokel, a peasant.

turd-packer (n.) (also shit-packer, turd-tapper)

[1930s+] (orig. US) a homosexual.

turd-poodle (n.)

[1980s] (US campus) an unappealing and stupid person.

turd-puncher (n.)

[1970s+] a homosexual; thus punch turds v.

turd-pusher (n.)

[2000s] (US) a homosexual.

turd strangler/strangling

see separate entries.

In phrases

all honey or all turd with them

[late 17C–mid-19C] said of those whose relationship fluctuates violently, they are either the closest of friends or the deepest of enemies.

as popular as a turd in a fruit salad

[1990s+] (Aus.) extremely unpopular.

bugturd (n.)

an insignificant individual.

chuck a turd (v.)

[19C+] to excrete.

fine as a cow turd stuck with primroses

[late 18C–early 19C] excellent, first-rate, very fine.

he would skin a turd

[late 19C+] (Can.) said of a particularly mean person.

not give someone the steam (off one’s turds) (v.)

see under steam n.

not worth a turd (adj.)

see separate entry.

push a turd uphill (with a toothpick) (v.)

[1980s+] to work, talk etc, unsuccessfully, against the odds.

scare bird turds out of (v.)

[1920s+] (orig. US) to terrify.

turd for…, a (also a turd on)

[mid-17C–19C] a general phr. of dismissal, i.e. go to hell.

turd in the punchbowl (n.)

[1990s+] (US) a general term of abuse; also attrib.

In exclamations

turd in your teeth! (also fart ..., gere ..., turd in your mouth!)

[mid-16C–mid-17C] go to hell! (and stay there).