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[turd] /tɜrd/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
a piece of excrement.
a mean, contemptible person.
before 1000; Middle English; Old English tord Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for turd


noun (slang)
a lump of dung; piece of excrement
an unpleasant or contemptible person or thing
Usage note
This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
Word Origin
Old English tord; related to Old Norse tordy fill dung beetle, Dutch tort dung
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Word Origin and History for turd
O.E. tord, from P.Gmc. *turdam (cf. M.Du. torde "piece of excrement," O.N. tord-yfill, Du. tort-wevel "dung beetle"), from PIE *drtom, pp. of base *d(e)r- "flay, tear," thus "that which is separated (or torn off) from the body" (cf. shit from root meaning "to split"). As a type of something worthless and vile, it is attested from mid-13c.; meaning "despicable person" is recorded from mid-15c.
"A tord ne yeue ic for eu alle" ["The Owl and the Nightingale," c.1250]

"Alle thingis ... I deme as toordis, that I wynne Crist." [Wyclif, Phil. iii.8, 1382; KJV has "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord"]
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Slang definitions & phrases for turd


  1. A piece of excrement (1000+)
  2. A despicable person; prick, shit (1518+)
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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