The adjective for 'shit' is 'shitty'. Is there no different adjective for the British word 'shite'?

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    Shite questions can still be interesting. ;-) Feb 24, 2016 at 1:24

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The adjective form of shite is shite:

That was a shite film.

I feel shite about it.

Mondays are always a bit shite.

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    I love the fact that somewhere on the internet people are wondering about the adjective form of shite.
    – Charon
    Feb 23, 2016 at 22:34
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    Amazingly, our cousins in Blighty are so enamored of their shite that they use it as noun, verb, adjective and adveb. Rumor has it that a team of grammarians is working in a secret location in Battersea to turn it into a subordinating conjunction.
    – Rob_Ster
    Feb 23, 2016 at 23:04
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    Just be sure that you do not, under any circumstance, double the "i." Feb 24, 2016 at 8:54
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    @Senex Rumour has it that modern sectarian problems in Syria and Iraq stem back to a misunderstanding caused by a grumpy British colonial officer with a stammer, who, in the early 20th Century, on being unable to find a gin and tonic that met his satisfaction, stutteringly declared "This is a shi...ite country!" Feb 24, 2016 at 10:35
  • @Rob_Ster Early prototypes aren't promising: "Alice asked Bob to throw out the food shite it had gone."
    – Kaithar
    Feb 24, 2016 at 16:04

Shite has an adjective sense, so for most uses, shite would be the adjective.

However, this is also true of shit.

Shitty overlaps in senses with the adjective senses of shit and shite, and often if you call something shitty you could also call it shit or shite. However, shitty also has the sense "covered in shit" which shit and shite do not mean.

In some dialects there is the adjective shitey which has this meaning. It would be the Scots equivalent to shitty and hence more likely to be found in Scotland and Ulster due to the Scots and Ulster-Scots influence, though it will also be found in other places, such as some parts of Ireland without as strong an Ulster-Scots influence.

Hence in such dialects the adjective you seek is shitey, as in the Scots expression, "he'd drink through a shitey cloot" ("he [was so-enamoured with alcoholic beverages that if it was the only way to get a drink he] would drink through through a shit-covered rag").

Since shitey is not as wide-spread as shite, and since shite is just a variant of shit, in other dialects the adjective would be shitty.

  • For further reference, here's the Scottish National Dictionary in the specific expression mentioned; and shitey is also in Wiktionary, but doesn't seem to have made any of the formally edited lexicons.
    – Stuart F
    Apr 24, 2023 at 13:01

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