Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To hit, wound, or kill with a missile fired from a weapon.
  • intransitive verb To remove or destroy by firing or projecting a missile.
  • intransitive verb To make (a hole, for example) by firing a weapon.
  • intransitive verb To fire or let fly (a missile) from a weapon.
  • intransitive verb To discharge (a weapon).
  • intransitive verb To detonate or cause to explode.
  • intransitive verb To inject (a drug, for example) with a hypodermic syringe.
  • intransitive verb To throw out or release (a fishing line, for example).
  • intransitive verb To send forth suddenly, intensely, or swiftly.
  • intransitive verb To emit (a ray or rays of light or another form of energy).
  • intransitive verb To utter (sounds or words) forcefully, rapidly, or suddenly.
  • intransitive verb Slang To give, send, or hand quickly.
  • intransitive verb Informal To spend, use up, or waste.
  • intransitive verb To pass over or through swiftly.
  • intransitive verb To cover (country) in hunting for game.
  • intransitive verb To record on film or video using a movie camera.
  • intransitive verb To cause to project or protrude; extend.
  • intransitive verb To begin to grow or produce; put forth.
  • intransitive verb To pour, empty out, or discharge down or as if down a chute.
  • intransitive verb To throw or propel (a ball, marble, or other projectile in a game) in a specific direction or toward the objective.
  • intransitive verb To accomplish (the objective) of a game involving a projectile; score (a point, basket, or goal).
  • intransitive verb To play (a game involving projectiles, such as golf or pool).
  • intransitive verb To attain (a given score) in golf.
  • intransitive verb To play (a game involving dice, especially craps).
  • intransitive verb To throw (the dice or a given score) in craps.
  • intransitive verb To slide (the bolt of a lock) into or out of its fastening.
  • intransitive verb To plane (the edge of a board) straight.
  • intransitive verb To variegate (colored cloth) by interweaving weft threads of a different color.
  • intransitive verb To measure the altitude of with a sextant or other instrument.
  • intransitive verb To discharge a missile from a weapon.
  • intransitive verb To discharge or fire; go off.
  • intransitive verb To gush or spurt.
  • intransitive verb To appear suddenly.
  • intransitive verb To move swiftly; dart.
  • intransitive verb To be felt moving or as if moving in the body.
  • intransitive verb To protrude; project.
  • intransitive verb To engage in hunting or the firing of weapons, especially for sport.
  • intransitive verb To put forth new growth; germinate.
  • intransitive verb To take pictures.
  • intransitive verb To film a scene in a movie.
  • intransitive verb Sports & Games To propel a ball or other object toward the goal or in a specific direction or manner.
  • intransitive verb Games To throw dice.
  • intransitive verb Slang To begin talking. Often used in the imperative.
  • intransitive verb To slide into or out of a fastening. Used of the bolt of a lock.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English shoten, from Old English scēotan; see skeud- in Indo-European roots. Interj., alteration of shit.]

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From Middle English, from Old English scēotan, from Proto-Germanic *skeutanan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with Dutch schieten, German schießen, Swedish skjuta; and also Russian кидать (kidát'), Albanian hedh ("to throw, toss") and Lithuanian skudrùs.

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euphemism for shit

Examples

  • "They come all day long," my poor friend went on, "and all of them are trash, rubbish that they shoot here; _shoot_, ha! ha '" and he took down

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 17, 1892

  • You, foreigner, if I tell you to shoot -- _shoot_ -- but not before! "

    Patsy

  • This looks like the perfect refreshing summer pasta dinner; but I have to confess, I don't even know what a pea shoot is and would have thought it was some kind of schoolboy weapon until now.

    Gemelli with Shrimp and 3 Peas

  • Now, just to point out something else, when we usually see U.S. forces under attack in the United States -- I'm sorry, when we usually see U.S. forces coming under attack here in Iraq, it's usually what they call a shoot and scoot technique.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2007

  • So it's the smaller things that can be hidden in homes, set up and what they call a shoot and scoot, those type of things.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006

  • The US military and law enforcement have used video games back to Duck Hunt to teach trainees in "shoot/don't shoot" choices (largely "shoot" for the military and "don't shoot" for law enforcement, but the techniques are very similar).

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • The US military and law enforcement have used video games back to Duck Hunt to teach trainees in "shoot/don't shoot" choices (largely "shoot" for the military and "don't shoot" for law enforcement, but the techniques are very similar).

    The Meaning of School Shootings: Part Four (and Last)

  • Even with these two photographs, however, the "shoot" is not over.

    Part 3 - Act 1: The dead baby

  • Hold the fore-end tightly with your front hand when you shoot from the bench.

    How to Sight In Your Slug Shotgun

  • Well, my brother got a little warm on cozy and fell asleep while i was so excited to see deer, hoping to get to watch my cousin shoot something.

    Little Red Squirrel in the Pant Leg

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  • Dizzying amount of definitions.

    December 15, 2018

  • Especially if you're a panda.

    December 16, 2018