1. something insignificant, worthless.
|(con. 1915) Canvas Falcons (1970) 278: There were flying wings on his tunic and French and English chicken-shit of gold and silver and silver and bronze.‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet|
|Andersonville 119: No more chicken shit, but fine sawney and stews.|
|Stay Hungry 154: I just mess with this chickenshit to keep my hand in.|
|Another Day in Paradise 23: He’ll have made a score that makes your last one look like chickenshit.|
|Blow Fly (2004) 117: This has got nothing to do with those ladies disappearing. This is chicken shit. A cold case.|
2. (also chickenstuff) a coward.
|End as a Man (1952) 100: You’re both acting like chicken-shits [...] What are you afraid of?|
|Big Boxcar 141: When her wind came back she blasted me. ‘Why didn't you chase him, you little chickenshit?’.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 100: Harry noticed that he had gone and sneered and muttered, chickenshit. Afraid the boss might see him with me.|
|Choirboys (1976) 141: You shot me in the back, you chickenshit!|
|(con. 1969–70) F.N.G. (1988) 318: Bostick here, the chickenshit, he started crying.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 160: Bubba, you gotta understand, is basically a chickenstuff.|
|Green River Rising 133: So we not chickenshits. So [...] some of us die on our feet ’stead of on our knees.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] ‘Chicken shit’’ Duffo shouts.|
|Dreamcatcher 152: What kind of chickenshit quits off the football team cause of a broken nose, anyhow?|
|A Steady Rain I ii: No way you’re ever getting a puppy now, chicken shit!|
|Pound for Pound 86: ‘He’s going to lose his job for taking off from the scene.’ [...] ‘The chickenshit.’.|
3. a contemptible, disgusting person.
|Deep Down In The Jungle 130: I knowed right then that chickenshit was dead.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 143: Plenty more stuff even more revelatory to sequestered suburbanites (i.e. chickenshits).in|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 154: If those cornball chickenshits had hung around for more than a morning, they might have seen something.|
4. a disgusting, unacceptable action or situation.
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 154: They make us put our wet geta in the barracks bags. God, what a lot of chicken shit!|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 276: Mission accomplished, so wipe that chickenshit off, Lieutenant.|
|Collura (1978) 108: I’m getting tired of the chicken shit.|
|Signs of Crime 177: Chicken shit Anything unworthy, paltry or worthless. Once an American expression, now not uncommon because of hippy influence.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 75: Just a lot of pardon applications and other chickenshit.|
|Point of Origin (1999) 367: Petty, spiteful, chicken shit generated by an ignorant, little mind.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 258: A Hershey’s Kiss [...] Good for encouraging some catharsis. Chickenshit for the soul.|
|Turning Angel 179: ‘Chickenshit,’ I mutter as he walks away.|
5. (US milit., also chicken) meaningless, petty discipline.
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 225: I try not to pass on any chicken shit to you, and I’ll back you to the limit as long as you play square.|
|AS XXI:4 Dec. 248: Chickenshit. This graphic description, used both as noun and adjective, signifies what is mean, petty and annoying, especially as applied to regulations. [...] If he puts the gripe in a letter to the B-Bag, or otherwise feels it advisable to watch his language, the word is contracted to chicken.‘Amer. Army Speech’ in|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 259: Don’t pull that GI chickenshit on me.|
|Union Dues (1978) 42: Now this Budka is notorious, worst accident record in the mine and pictures himself as a real nutcracker. Always on your back for chickenshit, while the important stuff goes right past him.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 27: What a relief war is. All the chicken shit is over.|