ETYMOLOGY: Contrary to other four letter words, turd's true origin is not Anglo-Saxon; it comes from the old English tord , itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning to tear or split. According to Jonathan Green, Slang Down the Ages , turd acquired its pejorative sense around 1250. By the 18 th century the word had reached taboo status. This explains why Francis Grose, in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811), listed that word as t--d between tup and turf.
2. An unattractive person.
3. A despised or despicable person.
4. A rude insult. ' You turd.'
-- ' Tick turd ' From the movie Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
-- ' World-class turd ' From Desperado (1995)
-- ' Turd-head ' From Biloxi Blues (1988)
-- ' Turd sniffer ' From Major Payne (1994)