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From ass +‎ -le (frequentative suffix). Compare Dutch aarzelen (to hesitate; waver).



assle (third-person singular simple present assles, present participle assling, simple past and past participle assled)

  1. (intransitive) To sit, move, or scoot about on one's ass; loaf; wander idly around; waste time.
    • 1951, Constance Noyes Robertson, The Golden Circle:
      "May all her public servants arsle around like buss-eyed catawumpuses ! That's what I say. Just like they'll do tomorrow, while we set here and laugh at 'em."
    • 1969, Kentucky Folklore Society, Kentucky folklore record:
      You're always assling around.
    • 1992, Vance Randolph, G. Legman, Blow the Candle Out:
      "Them boys don't do no work, they just assle around town all day."
    • 2009, Nicoline Van Der Sijs, Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops:
      He doesn't have anything to do so he's just assling around []
    • 2010, Julian D. Hayden, Bill Broyles, Diane E. Boyer, Field man: life as a desert archaeologist:
      I assled over into a packrat nest without thinking, so the next scene on that damn camera recorder was me leaning over while the ladies in the party pulled cholla out of my tight Levis. I took that with great dignity and aplomb, I assure you.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used with around.