Webster 1828 Edition



[Gr., to flow through; to flow.] Purging or flux; a frequent and copious evacuation of excrement by stool.

Definition 2023




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diarrhea (countable and uncountable, plural diarrheas)

  1. A stomach disorder characterized by frequent and very soft or watery bowel movements.
  2. (chiefly US, Britain) The watery or very soft excrement that comes from such bowel movements.
    • 2008, Danna Korn and Connie Sarros, Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies, Chapter 1:
      My Pampers bill is higher than your paycheck, my hands are raw from washing them every six minutes, and I do eight loads of laundry a day because everything we own is covered in diarrhea, and you want me to "plug him up" and wait another three weeks?
    • 2009, Daniel Everett, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, page 47:
      I looked and saw that she and her hammock were covered in diarrhea.
    • 2014, L. A. Knight, Dog Training the American Male, 221:
      Why was she covered in diarrhea?

Usage notes

  • Diarrhea is the American and Canadian spelling; diarrhoea is the British spelling.


  • (medical condition): the runs, the ****, the squirts (US), the trots, the squits (both UK), the skitters (Scottish and Northern English) (all slang)
  • See also Wikisaurus:diarrhea


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