• Shot


    • UK IPA: /ʃɒt/
    • US IPA: /ʃɑt/
    • Rhymes: -ɒt

    Origin 1

    From Old English scēot, from Germanic *skot-. Cognate with German Schoß. Compare scot.

    Full definition of shot



    1. (colloquial) Worn out or broken.The rear axle will have to be replaced. It's shot.
      • 2004, Garret Keizer, Help: The Original Human Dilemma‎, ... but he finds it hard to resist helping the boss's sister, who also works there and whose body "is more shot than mine."
      • The Tragically Hip, "Thompson Girl", Phantom Power:Thompson girl, I'm stranded at the Unique Motel
        Thompson girl, winterfighter's shot on the car as well
    2. (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.The cloak was shot through with silver threads.
    3. tired, wearyI have to go to bed now; I'm shot.
    4. Discharged, cleared, or rid of something.
      • Sir Walter ScottAre you not glad to be shot of him?



    (plural shots)
    1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.The shot was wide off the mark.
    2. (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.They took the lead on a last-minute shot.
      • 2011, November 12, , International friendly: England 1-0 Spain, England's attacking impetus was limited to one shot from Lampard that was comfortably collected by keeper Iker Casillas, but for all Spain's domination of the ball his England counterpart Joe Hart was unemployed.
    3. (athletics) The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.
    4. (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
    5. (uncountable, military) Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
    6. (referring to one's skill at firing a gun) Someone who shoots (a gun) regularlyI brought him hunting as he's a good shot.He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot.
    7. An opportunity or attempt.I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
    8. A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
      • 2003, Carla Marinucci, "On inauguration eve, 'Aaaarnold' stands tall," San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. (retrieved 18 Apr. 2009):Schwarzenegger also is taking nasty shots from his own party, as GOP conservatives bash some of his appointments as Kennedyesque and traitorous to party values.
    9. (slang, sports, US) A punch or other physical blow.
    10. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.
    11. A single serving of espresso.
    12. (photography, film) A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.
    13. A vaccination or injection.I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.
    14. (US, Canada, baseball, informal) A home run that scores one, two, or three runs (a four run home run is usually referred to as a grand slam).His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.


    1. shot

      (past of shoot)


    1. (transitive) To load (a gun) with shot.

    Origin 2

    See scot ("a share").



    (plural shots)
    1. A charge to be paid, a scot or shout.Drink up. It's his shot.
      • ChapmanHere no shots are where all shares be.
      • ShakespeareA man is never ... welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say "Welcome".

    Origin 3


    1. (colloquial, South Africa) Thank you.
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