I. adjective Date: 1945 1. usually vulgar petty, insignificant 2. usually vulgar lacking courage, manliness, or effectiveness II. noun Date: 1947 1. usually vulgar the petty details of a duty or discipline 2. usually vulgar coward, chicken

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  • chickenshit — 1. adjective a) petty and contemptible; compare bullshit b) cowardly 2. noun a) something petty and contemptible His chickenshit drove his men nearly to …   Wiktionary

  • chickenshit — chick|en|shit [ˈtʃıkınʃıt] n AmE informal not polite an offensive word for someone who is not at all brave = ↑coward >chickenshit adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Chickenshit — something worthless or pathetic; worthless; pathetic; cowardly …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • chickenshit — Australian Slang something worthless or pathetic; worthless; pathetic; cowardly …   English dialects glossary

  • chickenshit — chick|en|shit [ tʃıkən,ʃıt ] noun AMERICAN OFFENSIVE 1. ) count someone who is afraid to do something: COWARD 2. ) uncount something that is not important at all and does not deserve attention ╾ chick|en|shit adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chickenshit — 1) n anything worthless, petty or contempti ble. In American usage the word origi nally had the specific meaning of oppressive minor regulations and other effects of bureaucracy, particularly in the armed forces in World War II. The noun sense is …   Contemporary slang

  • chickenshit — n. (Slang) something valueless or insignificant, something pathetic; false statement that suggests fear or shyness adj. (Slang) valueless, insignificant, petty; pathetic; fearful, lacking courage …   English contemporary dictionary

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