Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person regarded as mean or contemptible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Ireland, UK, slang One who engages in nonsensical chatter or unwanted conversation.
  • noun Ireland, UK, slang A person of very poor judgment and unpleasant character.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps ultimately from obsolete gobshite, wad of expectorated chewing tobacco or tobacco juice : gob + shite.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

gob +‎ shite (i.e. mouth + excrement)

Examples

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  • (offensive) Someone who delves in nonsensical chatter or unwanted conversations. (Wiktionary)

    June 12, 2008

  • gobshite British slang - A person regarded as mean or contemptible.

    I came across it watching "My Left Foot" when a woman addresses the young protagonist. Definition comes from The Free Dictionary, though I'm not quite sure if it's accurate.

    May 1, 2009

  • I would love to add gobshite to my shit list but all my lists will not come up.

    who else is experiencing this problem?

    feedback icon better at the top not the left hand part of screen

    August 3, 2013