(noun, adjective, verb, interjection)


1. (of material, especially silk) varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

- chatoyant (or shot) silk

Similar word(s): colorful, colourful, changeable, chatoyant, iridescent

2. (colloquial) worn out or broken.

- The rear axle will have to be replaced. It's shot.

- The cloak was shot through with silver threads.

3. tired, exhausted.

- I have to go to bed now; I'm shot.


1. (colloquial, South Africa) Thank you.


1. the act of firing a projectile

Similar word(s): shooting

Definition categories: act, actuation, propulsion

2. a solid missile discharged from a firearm

- the shot buzzed past his ear

Similar word(s): pellet

Definition categories: man–made, missile, projectile

3. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

- a good shot requires good balance and tempo

- he left me an almost impossible shot

Similar word(s): stroke

Definition categories: act, maneuver, manoeuvre, play

4. a chance to do something

- he wanted a shot at the champion

Similar word(s): crack

Definition categories: state, chance, opportunity

5. a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)

- he is a crack shot

Similar word(s): shooter

Definition categories: person, expert

6. a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

Similar word(s): scene

Definition categories: communication, exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

7. the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe

- the nurse gave him a flu shot

Similar word(s): injection

Definition categories: act

8. a small drink of liquor

- he poured a shot of whiskey

Similar word(s): nip

Definition categories: quantity

9. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

- his parting shot was `drop dead'

Similar word(s): barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, slam

Definition categories: communication, comment, input, remark

10. an estimate based on little or no information

Similar word(s): guess, guessing, guesswork

Definition categories: thought, approximation, estimate, estimation, idea

11. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

- my snapshots haven't been developed yet

- he tried to get unposed shots of his friends

Similar word(s): snap, snapshot

Definition categories: man–made, exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

12. sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put

- he trained at putting the shot

Definition categories: man–made

13. an explosive charge used in blasting

Definition categories: man–made, burster, charge

14. a blow hard enough to cause injury

- he is still recovering from a shot to his leg

- I caught him with a solid shot to the chin

Definition categories: act, blow

15. an attempt to score in a game

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

16. informal words for any attempt or effort

- he gave it his best shot

Similar word(s): stab

Definition categories: act, attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

17. the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination

Similar word(s): blastoff

Definition categories: act

Sentences with shot as a noun:

- The shot was wide off the mark.

- They took the lead on a last-minute shot.

- The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.

- I brought him hunting as he's a good shot.

- He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot.

- I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.

- I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.

- We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.

- I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.

- His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.

- Drink up. It's his shot.


1. simple past tense and past participle of shoot

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