From Middle English as, ass, asse, from Old English assa, back-formed from assen (“she-ass”), from Celtic (compare Old Irish asan, Old Cornish asen), from Latin asinus. Replaced Old English esol, from Proto-West Germanic *asil, also a loanword from the same Latin word.
ass (plural asses)
- Any of several species of horse-like animals, especially Equus asinus, the domesticated of which are used as beasts of burden.
- Synonym: donkey
- 1646, Thomas Browne, “Of the Same [i.e., the Blacknesse of Negroes]”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths, London: Printed for Tho. Harper for Edvvard Dod, OCLC 838860010; Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths. […], 2nd corrected and much enlarged edition, London: Printed by A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath. Ekins, […], 1650, OCLC 152706203, book 6, page 282:
- Thus the Aſſe having a peculiar mark of a croſſe made by a black liſt down his back, and another athwart, or at right angles down his ſhoulders; common opinion aſcribes this figure unto a peculiar ſignation; ſince that beaſt had the honour to bear our Saviour on his back.
- (slang) A stupid person.
Variant of arse; used chiefly in North America. Ultimately from Middle English ars, ers, from Old English ærs, ears, from Proto-Germanic *arsaz (compare Old High German ars (German Arsch), Old Norse ars, Old Frisian ers), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érsos (compare Ancient Greek ὄρρος (órrhos)).
Contrary to the widespread belief of this being a euphemism, it arose as a pronunciation spelling (of the older form arse still used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) that shows the loss of -r- before s increasingly common in all words since the 18th century in both England and its colonies. In the USA, "dropping Rs" (non-rhotic pronunciation) was common in prestige speech until the 1860s, when the American Civil War shifted the country's centers of wealth and political power to areas with fewer cultural connections to the British elite. (See also these similar cases, some of which retained both spellings with different meanings: cuss from curse, gash from garsh, bass (“fish”) from barse, bust from burst, passel from parcel.)
- (vulgar, slang) Buttocks.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:buttocks
- (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sex.
- Synonyms: poontang, poon, punani, pussy, tail, tang; see also Thesaurus:copulation
- I’m going to go down to the bar and try to get me some ass.
- 1971, Joni Mitchell (lyrics and music), “Blue”, in Blue:
- Acid, booze, and ass / Needles, guns, and grass
- (vulgar, slang) Anus.
- 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 68
- Train compartment: two sick young junkies on their way to Lexington tear their pants down in convulsions of lust. One of them soaps his cock and works it up the other's ass with a corkscrew motion.
- 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 68
- (vulgar, slang) Used in similes to express something bad or unpleasant.
- I feel like ass today. ― I am feeling very bad today.
- This room smells like ass. ― This room smells very bad.
- What a bunch of ass. ― What a bunch of lies/nonsense/disappointment.
- (vulgar, slang) Used after an adjective to indicate extremes or excessiveness.
- That was one big-ass fish!
- That's an expensive-ass car!
- (vulgar, slang, metonymically) One's self or person, chiefly their body.
- Get your lazy ass out of bed!
- When used with a possessive, it adds a tone of anger or disapproval to the whole sentence: "he has trouble getting his ass up in the morning" is much stronger and more negative than "he has trouble getting up in the morning". Such usage is also considered by many to be rude, vulgar and offensive, especially when it refers to the person addressed.
- ass-backwards, ass backward, ass-backward
- ass bandit
- ass clown
- ass crack
- asshole, ass hole
- ass in a sling
- ass kicking
- ass kissing
- ass over teakettle
- blow it out one's ass
- bust ass cold
- bust one's ass
- dumbass, dumb ass, dumb-ass
- fatass, fat-ass
- get one's ass in gear
- give a rat's ass
- half-assed, half-ass, half ass
- hardass, hard-ass, hard-assed
- haul ass
- her ass
- his ass
- horse's ass
- horseshoe up one's ass
- kick ass, kick-ass, kickass
- kiss ass, kiss-ass
- kiss my ass
- kiss one's ass goodbye
- know one's ass from a hole in the ground
- my ass
- pain in the ass
- piece of ass
- pop a cap in someone's ass
- put one's ass on the line
- shake one's ass
- smart ass, smart-ass
- stick up one's ass
- stupid ass
- take it up the ass
- wiseass, wise-ass
- your ass
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- L. Sprague de Camp (1971), “Arse and ass”, in Journal of the International Phonetic Association, volume 1, issue 2, DOI:10.1017/S0025100300000281, pages 79–80
ass f (6th declension)
- axle (pin or spindle around which something, e.g. a wheel, rotates)
- ratu ass ― axletree
- vagona ass ― wagon axle
- motocikla pakaļējā riteņa ass ― motorcycle rear wheel axle
- (mathematics) axis (a line with certain important properties)
- simetrijas, rotācijas ass ― axis of symmetry, of rotation
- zemes griešanās ass ― the Earth's rotation axis
- koordinātu asis ― coordinate axes
- abscisu, ordinātu ass ― x-, y-axis
From the same source as ass (“axle”), originally a unit of measurement corresponding to the length of a person's outstretched arms (compare Russian са́жень (sáženʹ, “old unit of measurement; length of outstretched arms”).
ass f (6th declension)
- old unit of length in the Russian system, equivalent to approximately 2.13 meters
- jūras ass ― fathom (unit of length in the English system, approximately 1.83 meters)
- old unit of volume for measuring wood, equivalent to approximately 2-4 cubic meters
- divas asis malkas ― two axes (=4-8m3) of wood
From earlier *asus, from Proto-Baltic *ašus, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (“sharp, pointed, edgy”). With an extra suffix *-ro, the same stem also yielded Proto-Balto-Slavic *aśras (“sharp”), whence Latvian dialectal asrs, as well as the Lithuanian cognate aštrùs, dialectal ašrùs. From this stem, there are also Latvian reflexes with ak rather than as (e.g., akmens (“stone”), akots (“awn”)), possibly a result of Proto-Indo-European dialectal variation. In Latvian, former u-stem adjectives like *asus were assimilated into other classes; *asus gave rise to both an o-stem and a yo-stem variant which later on became independent words, ass and ašs, with different semantic nuances (compare also, e.g., plats and plašs, or dobs and dobjš). Other cognates include Old Church Slavonic остръ (ostrŭ), Russian о́стрый (óstryj), Belarusian во́стры (vóstry), Ukrainian о́стрий (óstryj), го́стрий (hóstryj), Bulgarian о́стър (óstǎr), Czech ostrý, Polish ostry, Proto-Germanic *agjō (Old High German ecka, egga (“corner, edge, point, peak, blade”), German Ecke, Sanskrit अश्रिः (áśriḥ, “corner, edge, blade”), Ancient Greek ἀκή (akḗ, “point, tip”), ἄκρος (ákros, “sharp, pointed”), Latin ācer (“sharp”), aciēs (“sharpness, blade”).
- sharp (such that it (blade, tool) can easily cut or pierce)
- ass nazis, zāģis, cirvis ― sharp knife, saw, ax
- ass īlens, ilknis ― sharp awl, fang
- asa adata ― sharp needle
- asi ragi, ilkņi ― sharp horns, fangs
- pointed (having a narrow tip)
- asas kalnu galotnes ― sharp mountain tops
- ass zīmulis ― sharp pencil
- angular, not rounded (of body parts; also of writing, drawing)
- asi elkoņi ― sharp elbows
- asi vaigu kauli ― sharp cheekbones
- asas burtu formas rokrakstā ― sharp letter forms in handwriting
- (of plants) sharp (having little thorns or thorn-like growths, or having a sharp edge, capable of stinging)
- ass dadzis, paeglis, grīslis ― sharp thistle, juniper, sedge
- asa zāle, nātre ― sharp leaf, nettle
- (of fabric, skin, etc.) coarse, rough
- asa sejas āda ― coarse, rough facial skin
- ass linu dvielis ― towel (made) of coarse linen
- sharp, pungent, hot (which irritates the senses, creating a strong feeling or reaction)
- asa mērce ― spicy, hot (lit. sharp) sauce
- asa dūmu smaka ― pungent smell of smoke
- ass ož pēc hlora ― sharp smell of chlorine
- ass vējš ― sharp wind
- asas sāpes ― sharp pain
- ass klepus ― sharp (painful) cough
- harsh (voice, sound); sharp, biting, unsparing, fierce
- asā balss ― harsh voice
- runāt asā tonī ― to speak in a harsh tone (of voice)
- ass sarkasms ― sharp, biting sarcasm
- ass pārmetumi ― sharp, harsh criticism
- asa ķilda ― fierce quarrel
- asa mēle ― sharp tongue (= caustic, sarcastic)
- sharp, well-defined, clearly marked
- asas kontūras ― sharp contour, profile
- asi sejas vaibsti ― sharp facial features
- zīmēt asām līnijām ― to draw with sharp, well-defined lines
- (about problems, questions) clear, acute, of immediate importance
- asa problēma ― a clear, acute problem
- sharp (very well developed, very accurate)
- asa redze ― sharp vision
- ass prāts ― sharp mind
- asa uztvere ― sharp perception, acumen
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