[ ahrs ]
/ ɑrs /

noun Slang: Vulgar.



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Origin of arse

see origin at ass2

Definition for arses (2 of 2)

[ ahr-sis ]
/ ˈɑr sɪs /

noun, plural ar·ses [ahr-seez] /ˈɑr siz/.

Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.Compare thesis(def 4).
  1. the part of a metrical foot that bears the ictus or stress.
  2. (less commonly) a part of a metrical foot that does not bear the ictus.Compare thesis(def 5).

Origin of arsis

1350–1400; Middle English: raising the voice < Latin < Greek, equivalent to ar- (stem of aírein to raise, lift) + -sis -sis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for arses (1 of 2)

/ (ˈɑːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

(in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical footCompare thesis (def. 6)

Word Origin for arsis

C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from airein to raise

British Dictionary definitions for arses (2 of 2)


US and Canadian ass

/ (ɑːs) /

noun slang

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

Word Origin for arse


usage for arse

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''
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