Green’s Dictionary of Slang

piss n.

[piss v. (1)]

1. [late 14C+] urine.

2. [mid-18C+] an act of urination.

3. as a drink.

(a) [1910s+] any sort of weak or otherwise unpalatable drink, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

(b) [1910s+] (also pish) an alcoholic drink.

(c) [1920s+] beer.

4. [1940s+] rubbish, nonsense, anything or anyone unappealing, worthless.

5. [1960s] in fig. use, high spirits.

In derivatives

pissless (adj.)

see separate entry.

In compounds

piss-ache (adj.)

[1940s+] appalling, unpleasant, distasteful.

piss-all (n.) [var. on fuck all n.]

[1990s+] nothing at all.

piss and punk (n.) [punk n.3 ]

[20C+] (orig. US prison) bread and water.

piss artist (n.) [-artist sfx]

1. [1940s+] a regular drunk.

2. [1990s+] a general term of abuse.

piss-bag (n.) [-bag sfx]

[1980s] a despicable person.

pissballing (adj.)

see separate entry.

piss britches (n.) [i.e. one who ‘wets their pants’]

[1960s] (US black) a general term of abuse.

piss bucket (n.)

[2000s] (US) a contemptible person.

piss-burned (adj.) (also piss-burnt)

[late 17C–early 19C] discoloured, esp. of a grey wig which has turned yellow.

piss-call (n.)

1. [1950s+] a break – during work or on a journey – for urination.

2. a wake-up call.

pisscan (n.) [can n.1 (4c)]

[1940s–50s] (US prison) a prison.

piss club (n.)

[1980s] (US) a club for devotees of urolagnia.

piss-cutter (n.) [? the sharpness, whether seen as positive or negative] [1940s+] (US)

1. a generally obnoxious person.

2. an admirable or exceptional person.

3. an outstanding or excellent thing.

4. a drunken spree, a binge.

5. a major confrontation.


see separate entries.

piss-factory (n.)

[late 19C–1940s] a public house.

pissfart (n.)

[2000s] (N.Z.) an insignificant person.

pissflaps (n.) (also piss-flappers)

1. [1970s+] the labia [flap n.1 (6)].

2. [2000s] a term of abuse.

piss freak (n.) [freak n.1 (7)]

[2000s] a person who derives sexual satisfaction from being urinated on.

piss hard-on (n.) (also piss-horn) [hard-on n. (1)/horn n.2 (1c)]

[1960s+] the erection with which a man awakes, due to the need to urinate as much as the desire for sex.

piss-head (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entries.

pisshouse (n.) (also slash house)

1. [mid-17C; 1940s+] a lavatory.

2. [1930s–40s] (US Und.) a police station.

3. [1960s] an unpleasant place.

piss-kitchen (n.) [SE kitchen, i.e. where she (fig.) urinates]

[mid-18C] a kitchen maid.

piss-maker (n.) [the results of alcohol consumption]

[late 18C–early 19C] a heavy drinker.

piss pipe (n.) [SE pipe/pipe n.1 (2a)]

[1990s+] the male urinary tract.


see separate entries.

piss prophet (n.) (also pisspot-peeper) [pisspot n. + SE prophet/peeper]

[late 17C–early 19C] a physician who makes all their diagnoses on the basis of inspecting the patient’s urine.

piss-proud (adj.)

[late 18C+] of a man, having an erection on waking.

piss stop (n.) [pun on SE pit stop, motor-racing jargon]

[1980s+] a visit to the lavatory, esp. during a drive or drinking session.


see separate entries.

piss-tank (n.)

[20C+] a drunkard.

piss test

see separate entries.

piss-walloper (n.)

[1900s] (US) something remarkable, impressive.

piss-water (n.)

[2000s] (US) a weak drink.

piss-weasel (n.)

[2010s] general term of abuse.

piss-willie (n.)

[1970s] (US) a coward, an insignificant person; also attrib.

Pertaining to (weak) drink

In phrases

buffalo piss (n.)

[1970s+] (US) weak beer.

bull piss (n.)

[1910s+] (US) very low quality, cheap liquor.

cat’s piss (n.)

[1940s+] any form of weak drink.

dogpiss (n.)

[1990s+] any weak or diluted drink.

gnat’s piss (n.)

see separate entry.

horse piss (n.)

see separate entry.

monkey piss (n.)

[1970s] (US) weak beer or bad wine.

on the piss

[1910s+] out drinking, usu. with friends; usu. in phr. go/get on the piss; thus off the piss, at the end of a drinking session.

panther piss (n.)

see separate entry.

shark’s piss (n.)

[1900s] weak beer or other alcohol.

snake’s piss (n.)

[1960s–70s] (Aus.) beer.

General uses

all piss and wind (like the barber’s cat) (also all piddle and wind like the barber’s cat, all wind and piss)

1. [20C+] a phr. describing a loudmouth, a braggart, all talk and no action; also euphs.

2. [1920s+] empty talk.

can of piss (n.)

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

feel one’s piss (v.)

[1940s] to become infatuated with one’s own importance.

hang a piss (v.)

[2000s+] (Aus.) to urinate.

he would drink the piss from a brewer’s horse

[2000s] (N.Z.) a phr. used of a dedicated drinker.

hit the piss (v.)

[1970s] to get drunk.

like a snob’s cat – all piss and tantrums [SE snob, a bootmaker]

[early–mid-19C] a general phr. of derision or disdain.

make a piss stop (v.) [pun on SE pit stop, motor-racing jargon]

[1980s+] to visit the lavatory, esp. to stop drinking in order to do so.

not enough sense to pour piss out of a boot

[20C+] (US) a phr. used of one who is very stupid.

not give someone the steam on one’s piss (v.)

[1980s+] to hold in absolute contempt.

piss-in-the-face (n.)

[1970s] a despicable person.

piss in the hand (n.)

[1970s+] (N.Z.) anything considered very easy.

piss-in-the-wind (adj.)

[1990s+] pointless, time-wasting.

puddle of piss (n.)

[1950s] a contemptible person, object or circumstance.