Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shitten adj.

also beshitted, beshitten

1. covered in excrement; generally filthy.

[UK]Chaucer General Prologue to Canterbury Tales line 504: And shame it is, if a prest take keepe A shiten shepherde and a clene sheepe.
[UK]D. Lyndsay ‘Supplication Against Syde Taillis’ in Laing Works I 131: I ken ane man, quhilk swoir greit aithis, / How he did lift ane Kittokis claithis [...] How hir syde taill was beshitten.
[UK]Witts Recreations Epigram No. 183: Dod sweetly dreamt [...] But waking felt he was with Fleas sore bitten, And further smelt he had his shirt be—.
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 30: He [...] was by me shown a very Shitten trick which put him into a stinking condition.
[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) VI 28: Would it were mine in shitten clout.
[UK] ‘An Heroic Poem’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 69: Nay, to deserve a confidence so large, / Still keeps cast shitten Moll at the King’s charge.
[UK] ‘Session of Ladies’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 211: Her natural mother came in for a snack, / That ballocking squirter and shitten arsed whore.
[UK]N. Ward London Spy VII 153: You Off-Spring of a Dung-hill [...] You Shitten Rogues, who Worship the Fundament, because you live by a Turd.
[UK]J. Floyer Essay to Prove Cold Bathing (2nd edn) II 123: Your Nurse was a Slut, she let you lie in your Sh-t--n Clouts.
[UK] ‘Underneath the Castle Wall’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) IV 207: Underneath the rotten Hedge, the Tinkers Wife sat shitting, / tearing off a Cabbage Leaf, her shitten A-- A wiping; / With her cole black Hands she scratch’d her A-- And swore she was beshitten.
[UK]‘Whipping-Tom’ Foppish Mode of Taking Snuff I 10: A Laundry Maid can’t iron her Linnen [...] a Nurse wash her Sh--t-- Clouts, nor a Chamber Maid empty her Close-Stool, without a Pinch of Snuff.
[UK]R. Speed Compter Scuffle 20: She took a Dishclout off the Shelf, / And with it wip’d the shitten Elf, / Which did not have Wit to wipe itself, poor Shit-breech.
[UK]‘Roger Pheuquewell’ Description of Roads to Merryland 7: On account of the foggy Air, and the noisome Winds which frequently blow from Shittnland, [sic] there are few People chuse to go that Way.
[UK]Friar and Boy Pt II 20: Her shift did hang about her heels, Like any shitten clout.
[UK]Foote Maid of Bath Married I iv: Those who bear up the train [...] Who walk with their nose in a sh-tt-n Cub’s a---.

2. unpleasant, disgusting; mediocre, second-rate.

[UK]T. Ingelend Disobedient Child Fi: Slaye me with thy knyfe, thou shytten Dastarde.
[UK]Gammer Gurton’s Garland II ii 1: Fy, shytten knaue! and out vpon thee! [OED].
[UK]Nashe Four Letters Confuted in Works II (1883–4) 245: Hang thee, thou common coosener of curteous readers, thou grosse shifter for shitten tapsterly iefts.
[UK]Greene & Lodge Looking-Glass for London and England in Dyce (1861) 127: Thou’rt a shitten quean to call me a drunk.
[UK]Munday & Drayton Sir John Oldcastle I i: Gough, my lord Herbert’s man, is a shitten knave.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Little French Lawyer II iii: Thy Lady, is a scurvy Lady, a shitten Lady [...] a deboshed Lady.
[UK]‘R.M.’ Scarronides 18: The Priest was in a shitten case.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 554: What kind of voyage are we making? A shitten one, on my word.
[UK] in Wit’s Cabinet 120: Make a Fool of a Fart’s end, won’t I? [...] I am none of your Fiddle-come-faddles, nor Shitten-come-shites, not I, I am down-right Roger.
[UK]N. Ward A Frolic to Horn-Fair 11: You Shitten Skull’d Son of a T—d [...] fit for nothing but to be cast into a Goldfinders Ditch.
[UK]W. Toldervy Hist. of the Two Orphans II 165: O! O! what you are Mr. Flat, the sh--t--n Psalm-singer are you?
[US]S. King Dolores Claiborne 124: ‘I’ll worry about my voice,’ I say [...] ‘You worry about the way this beshitted bank does business, chummy!’.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Target’ Wire ep. 1 [TV script] The Deputy [...] has what’s left of your beshitted career in his hot little hands.

In compounds

shitten cull (n.)

a coprophile.

[UK]Life of Thomas Neaves 36: In other Rooms there are others, which they call Shitten Culls, they lye flat on their Back, with their Mouths open, whilst buxom Nan turns up her S—t and S—ts in his Mouth, which he licks in as Cordially, and with as good an Appetite, as a Scotchman does his Brewis.