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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bars, from Old English bærs (a fish, perch), from Proto-Germanic *barsaz (perch", literally "prickly fish), from Proto-Indo-European *bhars-, *bharst- (prickle, thorn, scale). Cognate with Dutch baars (perch, bass), German Barsch (perch), Latin fastus (pride, arrogance, contempt).


barse (plural barses)

  1. The perch; any of various marine and freshwater fish resembling the perch.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of balls +‎ arse.


barse (plural barses)

  1. (Britain, vulgar, slang) The perineum of a man.
    • 2000 March 13, death_hammer [username], “texas chainsaw 4”, in alt.horror, Usenet[1]:
      So the prospects for this were pretty bad, and truly the most exciting thing I got out of watching this was feeling a pool of cold sweat collect in the hairy part of my barse, so livid was I with the treatment of Hooper's original classic.
    • 2002 September 5, bomba, “SR: Shorts Review”, in alt.mountain-bike, Usenet[2]:
      The padding is also way too thin and I'm constantly aware of the pressure on my barse (I think perinium[sic] is the correct term) - something I don't have with my other shorts or tights.
    • 2012 March 28, Gazz, “After a mid size cruiser”, in, Usenet[3]:
      Going to be a cruiser style one me thinks, low seat making it easy to swing my leg over, laid back riding position, bit wide seat for my arse cheeks to sit on, rather than my barse being perched on a plank seat,
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:barse.