[ ahrs ]
/ ɑrs /
noun Slang: Vulgar.
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Question 1 of 10
Origin of arse
see origin at ass2
Words nearby arse
Definition for arses (2 of 2)
[ ahr-sis ]
/ ˈɑr sɪs /
noun, plural ar·ses [ahr-seez] /ˈɑr siz/.
Origin of arsis
1350–1400; Middle English: raising the voice < Latin < Greek, equivalent to ar- (stem of aírein to raise, lift) + -sis -sis
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Example sentences from the Web for arses
The succession terminated with Arses, whom Bagous the eunuch having killed set up Darius, who was not of the royal family.
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) /
a stupid person; fool
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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