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Syllabification: arse

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noun

British spelling of ass2.

Origin

Old English ærs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aars and German Arsch.

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  • Like bum, arse was not originally a rude slang word. It dates back to before 1000 in English, and is connected to various old German and Scandinavian forms that were probably linked to Greek orros ‘the rump or bottom’. Arse was perfectly respectable until the 17th century. To go arse over tip (the original form, rather than tit) and not know your arse from your elbow are first found in the early 20th century. My arse! as a derisive comment is first recorded in the 1920s, though all these expressions are probably older. The American spelling is ass, which is nothing to do with ass meaning ‘donkey’. The latter is from an Old English word that is related to easel and goes back to Latin asinus, as in asinine (Late Middle English) or stupid. See also wheat

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Pronunciation: /ɑːs
 
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British vulgar slang

noun

1A person’s buttocks or anus.

verb

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1 [no object] (arse about/around) Behave in a stupid way; waste time.
2 [with object] (arse something up) Make a botched attempt at something.
3 (can't be arsed) Not want to do something because one has no interest in or enthusiasm for it.

Origin

Old English ærs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aars and German Arsch.

More
  • Like bum, arse was not originally a rude slang word. It dates back to before 1000 in English, and is connected to various old German and Scandinavian forms that were probably linked to Greek orros ‘the rump or bottom’. Arse was perfectly respectable until the 17th century. To go arse over tip (the original form, rather than tit) and not know your arse from your elbow are first found in the early 20th century. My arse! as a derisive comment is first recorded in the 1920s, though all these expressions are probably older. The American spelling is ass, which is nothing to do with ass meaning ‘donkey’. The latter is from an Old English word that is related to easel and goes back to Latin asinus, as in asinine (Late Middle English) or stupid. See also wheat

Phrases

arse about face

1
Contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical: he felt disoriented: everything seemed to be arse about face

arse over tit

2
So as to fall over in a sudden or dramatic way.

get off one's arse

3
Stop being lazy.

my arse!

4
Used to convey that one does not believe something that has just been said.

not know one's arse from one's elbow

5

talk out of one's arse

6

up your arse!

7
Used to express contempt for someone or something.

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