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

  • intransitive v. To urinate.
  • transitive v. To urinate on or in.
  • transitive v. To discharge (blood, for example) in the urine.
  • n. Urine.
  • n. The act or an instance of urinating.
  • piss off To make or become angry.
  • piss off Used in the imperative as a signal of angry dismissal.
  • idiom take the piss out of Chiefly British To tease or mock (someone).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Urine.
  • n. Alcoholic beverage, especially of inferior quality.
  • v. To urinate.
  • v. To discharge as or with the urine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Urine.
  • v. To discharge urine, to urinate; -- usually considered vulgar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To discharge the fluid secreted by the kidneys and detained in the urinary bladder; urinate.
  • To eject as urine.
  • n. Urine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liquid excretory product
  • n. informal terms for urination
  • v. eliminate urine


Middle English pissen, from Old French pissier, from Vulgar Latin *pissiāre, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English pissen, from Old French pissier, from Vulgar Latin *pissiō, probably of echoic origin. (Wiktionary)



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  • "The police have evidence that (the Exford is) responsible for producing a lot of consumption on the streets in the CBD late at night. It was a beacon for people wanting to get pissed in the streets all night long."
    - unnamed source, quoted in Jill Stark & Melissa Fyfe, Blitz on all-night bottle shops in bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence,, 18 Oct 2009.

    October 18, 2009

  • "He will piss when he can't whistle: he will be hanged. He shall not piss my money against the wall: he shall not have my money to spend in liquor.
    He who once a good name gets,
    May piss-a-bed, and say he sweats.
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 18, 2008

  • cf micturition

    July 22, 2008