Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

arse

[ahrs]
See more synonyms for arse on Thesaurus.com
noun Slang: Vulgar.
  1. ass2(defs 1, 2).
Show More

Origin of arse

see origin at ass2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for arse

Historical Examples

  • There is also the Eorse or the Arse, and all these belong vnto saint Columbus abbeie.

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine

    Raphaell Holinshed


British Dictionary definitions for arse

arse

US and Canadian ass

noun slang
  1. the buttocks
  2. the anus
  3. a stupid person; fool
  4. sexual intercourse
  5. Australian effrontery; cheek
  6. get one's arse into gear to start to do something seriously and quickly
Show More
Also called (for senses 2, 3): arsehole (ˈɑːsˌhəʊl), (US and Canadian) asshole

Word Origin

OE

usage

Dating back at least a thousand years, and taboo till around the middle of the 20th century, this venerable ``Anglo-Saxon'' word now seems unlikely to cause offence in all but the most formal contexts. Its acceptability has possibly been helped by such useful verb formations as ``to arse about'' and ``I can't be arsed''
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for arse

n.

"buttocks," Old English ærs "tail, rump," from Proto-Germanic *arsoz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse ars, Middle Dutch ærs, German Arsch "buttock"), cognate with Greek orros "tail, rump, base of the spine," Hittite arrash, Armenian or "buttock," Old Irish err "tail." Middle English had arse-winning "money obtained by prostitution" (late 14c.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper