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noun

1A hoofed mammal of the horse family, which is typically smaller than a horse and has longer ears and a braying call.
Example sentences
  • This family, made up of the horses, asses and zebras, contains one genus with nine species.
  • Similarly, one ‘kind’ was likely ancestral to the various types of horses, zebras and asses.
  • Today only seven species of wild equids remain - three asses, three zebra and one wild horse - and IUCN-The World Conservation Union now lists most of these as endangered.
Synonyms
Scottish cuddy
British informal moke, neddy
1.1(In general use) a donkey.
Example sentences
  • Need I remind you gentlemen, that an ass is a donkey.
  • Then be called ten times a donkey, and a mule, and an ass, and begone, or I'll clear the world of thee!
  • But did Avraham sell Sara to an imperial Pharaoh in exchange for sheep, cattle, donkeys, servants, maids, asses, and camels?!
2British informal A foolish or stupid person: that ass of a young man
More example sentences
  • The silly ass asked the electors: ‘Who governs Britain?’
  • They are seen for the foolish bunch of asses that they are.
  • The fact might well be forgotten, but there are stupid asses who will not let us forget it.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English assa, from a Celtic word related to Welsh asyn, Breton azen, based on Latin asinus.

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  • arse from (Old English):

    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

make an ass of oneself

1
informal Behave in a way that makes one look foolish or stupid: I made an awful ass of myself
More example sentences
  • Somewhere behind it all, however, lies the splendid and irrepressible urge to get up in public and risk making an ass of yourself for the sake of art.
  • We are not all mad violent alcoholics or binge drinkers whose only form of entertainment consists of trying to enter pubs in the hope of getting very drunk and making an ass of ourselves!
  • I'm pretty sure Jessica holds her liquor better than I hold mine, because I distinctly remember making an ass of myself twice in her presence, and her not even one time at all.

Words that rhyme with ass

alas, Alsace, amass, Bass, chasse, crass, crevasse, en masse, gas, Hamas, lass, mass, morass, sass, tarantass, tass, wrasse

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Pronunciation: /ɑːs
 
, as
 
/

noun

North American vulgar slang
1A person’s buttocks or anus.
1.1 [mass noun] Women regarded as a source of sexual gratification.
1.2Oneself (used in phrases for emphasis).

Origin

variant of arse.

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  • arse from (Old English):

    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

bust one's ass

1
Try very hard to do something.

chew (someone's) ass

2
Reprimand (someone) severely.

drag (or tear or haul) ass

3
Hurry or move fast.

get your ass in (or into) gear

4

not give (or care) a rat's ass

5
Not care at all about something.

put (or have) someone's ass in a sling

6
Get someone in trouble.

whip (or bust) someone's ass

7
Beat someone in a fight or contest.

Derivatives

assed

1
adjective
[in combination]: fat-assed guys

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