• WWII troop slang for military bureaucratic [bullshit]. The word implies that the regulations in question are so silly and trifling that they dont measure up to the level of bullshit. Subsequently, the word came to be merely an intensification of the epithet [chicken].

  • Worthless or contemptible (used as a general term of abuse)

  • Name for people who are cowardly

  • According to Paul Fussels book Wartime, Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige; sadism thinly disguised as necessary discipline; a constant paying off of old scores; and insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances. Chickenshit is so called--instead of horse- or bull- or elephant shit--because it is small-minded and ignoble and takes the trivial seriously.

    This definition is cited by at least two books by Steven E. Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers.

    1. Petty regulations that dont make it to the level of bullshit. A favorite purview of martinets and high-handed bureaucrats.

    2. Afraid; cringing; cowardly; reluctant to get off ones ass and put up.

    3. Unintelligible verbiage, scrawl, or scritch-scratch.


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