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ass

1

[ as ]

noun

  1. a long-eared, slow, patient, sure-footed domesticated mammal, Equus asinus, related to the horse, used chiefly as a beast of burden.
  2. Also called wild ass. an African wild ass, kiang, onager, or any of their subspecies.
  3. a stupid, foolish, or stubborn person.


ass

2

[ as ]

noun

, Slang: Vulgar.
  1. the buttocks.
  2. the rectum.

-ass

3
or -assed
  1. a combining form of ass in the sense of “stupid person“ or “the buttocks,“ used in vulgar slang words as an intensifier or with disparaging intent: big-ass stupid-ass

ass.

4

abbreviation for

  1. assistant.
  2. association.
  3. assorted.

ass

1

/ æs /

noun

  1. either of two perissodactyl mammals of the horse family ( Equidae ), Equus asinus ( African wild ass ) or E. hemionus ( Asiatic wild ass ). They are hardy and sure-footed, having longer ears than the horse asinine
  2. not in technical use the domesticated variety of the African wild ass; donkey
  3. a foolish or ridiculously pompous person
  4. not within an ass's roar of informal.
    not within an ass's roar of not close to obtaining, winning, etc

    she wasn't within an ass's roar of it



ass

2

/ æs /

noun

  1. slang.
    the buttocks
  2. slang.
    the anus
  3. offensive.
    sexual intercourse or a woman considered sexually (esp in the phrase piece of ass )
  4. cover one's ass slang.
    cover one's ass to take such action as one considers necessary to avoid censure, ridicule, etc at a later time

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Sensitive Note

See arse.

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Other Words From

  • ass·like adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ass1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English asse, Old English assa, probably a pet name or diminutive form based on a Celtic form, e.g., Old Irish asan, Old Welsh asen, from Latin asinus; akin to Greek ónos “ass,” from a non-Indo-European language of Asia Minor, e.g., Sumerian anše “ass”

Origin of ass2

First recorded in 1860–65; variant of arse, with loss of r before s, as in passel, cuss, etc.; arse

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ass1

Old English assa, probably from Old Irish asan, from Latin asinus; related to Greek onos ass

Origin of ass2

Old English ærs; see arse

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Idioms and Phrases

More idioms and phrases containing ass

In addition to the idiom beginning with ass , also see break one's ass ; chew out (one's ass off) ; cover one's ass ; drag one's ass ; kick ass ; kick in the pants (ass) ; kiss ass ; make a fool (an ass) of ; pain in the ass ; stick it (up one's ass) ; you bet your ass .

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Example Sentences

Ass-kicking, bad guy-killing Carter is just a future spinster.

So just looking forward to taking our sweet ass time with this next one.

The revelation that, at age 42, Ben Affleck has one hell of an ass.

“The entertainers still entertain—and the people still have to get an ass-kicking to go out and vote,” Cosby said.

Inside, sat at a man on all fours, one high-heeled shoe in his mouth, the other protruding from his ass.

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood.

And thy oxen, and the ass colts that till the ground, shall eat mingled provender as it was winnowed in the floor.

Blessed are ye that sow upon all waters, sending thither the foot of the ox and the ass.

Think of Samson, who slew a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass!

For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath given gifts to his lovers.

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Words That Use -ass

What does -ass mean?

The combining form -ass is used like a suffix meaning “ass,” in the sense of “buttocks.” While occasionally -ass is meant literally or to mean “(stupid) person,” more often it is used as an intensifier. Intensifiers are words or word elements that essentially mean “very” or “somewhat.” The form -ass is often used in slang terms, especially vulgar or insulting ones.

The form -ass comes from Old English assa, meaning “ass,” in the sense of “donkey.”

Unlike some other combining forms, -ass is often separated with a hyphen, as in big-ass.

Examples of -ass

One example of a slang expression that features -ass is dumb-ass, “a thoroughly stupid person; blockhead.”

The word dumb- here means “stupid, dull-witted,” while the -ass portion of the word means “stupid person,” although it is also acting as something of an intensifier. Dumb-ass literally means “very stupid person.” Please note that the term is widely considered vulgar and offensive.

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What are some other forms that -ass may be commonly confused with?

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