A word English chavs think is their own unique word but it's just another from Scots which has been in regular use in Scotland for hundreds of years. Earliest example from the work of Allan Ramsay, a Scots makar from the 17th century.

Has a variety of meanings including worn-out, unfair, frightened, and more. Of obscure origin. Possibly from old Scottish Gaelic 'sean', meaning old, worn, ancient.
yeah man, that's shan innit?!
using Scots words again, minger?
wot you on abaht? this is ours! we invented it man!
by knawlege304 October 22, 2011
Top Definition
This is a male name.
Shan means prestige and honor.

This name is associated with individuals of great honor and prestige.
Wow dude you live a life of Shan.
by Lester sean June 25, 2011
A person who you would rather be with.
Someone who would put a smile on your face, someone who would always be there for you.
"I feel sad" - girl 1
"Did you try talking to Shan?" - girl 2
by Jessica Montana August 01, 2012
Shan is someone who you can count on and can trust.
Boy: Why is there no one you can trust nowadays

Girl: Well i know someone who is always there and i can trust

Boy: Who?

Girl: Shan.
by jasonm April 17, 2012
A Scottish term referring to 'unfair' or 'rubbish'. Something negative like 'low' or 'tight'. As in Shanabelle from 'Some Girls'. This word is used in everyday Scottish language
''She called me fat''

''That's Shan!!''
by josieewal October 18, 2015
To shan someone is to sexually harass a person in a social setting such as in a club, a bar, a house party, ... in an unashamed and perverted fashion. Often done by virgins and closet gays as a way to appear as "playas" in front of their peers.
Dude I went clubbing with this douchebag the other day, and he just totally attempted to shan some girl. She ran away crying and he was like "bro she's totally lesbo, she's lucky I even wanted to shan her".
by only1213 April 28, 2012
common Scottish term meaning "unfair" used in everyday vocabulary
"he went n confiscated ma i.d. so ah cannae get ma bucky n that ken"

"that's well shan like"
by imakehersay February 06, 2011
An adjective meaning 'crap', 'shite', and 'general bullshit'.
Also a way of sympathising with someone.
-Joe: "Steve went home with that absolute munter from Hive and found out she was a man..."

David: "Shan times"

-After spending seven hours in the Library writing her essay, Alice arrived home only to realise she had left her usb key in the taxi. Shan times abounded.
by EdUni February 22, 2011

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