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From ass +‎ hat, from the slang expression have one's head up one's ass, thus, wearing the ass as a hat. The term is extended to people who are clueless or bumbling, who don't understand what is going on.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæshæt/
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asshat (plural asshats)

  1. (Canada, US, derogatory, slang, vulgar) An obnoxiously ignorant person; a fool.
    • 1998 July 23, T..., “Re: GREEN RIVER NARROWS, NC: ALL PUTINS CLOSED!!”, in[1] (Usenet), retrieved 2018-10-04, message-ID <6p7j7t$r21$>:
      the same connotations as "FUCKWITS." for less extreme cases i suggest ASSHATS
    • 1999 July 23, madge, “California Hustle,”, in[2] (Usenet), retrieved 2018-10-04, message-ID <>:
      1977 CHiPs 3 3/4" action figures (5 different: Ponch, Jon, Sarge,Jimmy Squeaks, Stupid Fucking Asshat Erik Mouse, and Wheels Willie) $10-15 each
    • 2006, Jen Lancaster, Bitter is the New Black [] , Penguin, →ISBN, page 224:
      While I wait, the air is abuzz with tales of other marathons while many set of eyes cut in my direction. Eventually an asshat in a JUST DO IT T-shirt asks me, “How's your training going?”
    • 2007, John Hargrave, Prank the Monkey: The Zug Book of Pranks[3], Citadel Press, →ISBN, page 188:
      Anyone who would make a claim like this on national TV is a real asshat.


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