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arse

[ahrs]
noun Slang: Vulgar.
  1. ass2(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of arse

see origin at ass2

arsis

[ahr-sis]
noun, plural ar·ses [ahr-seez] /ˈɑr siz/.
  1. Music. the upward stroke in conducting; upbeat.Compare thesis(def 4).
  2. Prosody.
    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).
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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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Examples from the Web for arses

Historical Examples

  • The succession terminated with Arses, whom Bagous the eunuch having killed set up Darius, who was not of the royal family.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3)

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British Dictionary definitions for arses

arsis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. (in classical prosody) the long syllable or part on which the ictus falls in a metrical footCompare thesis (def. 6)
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Word Origin

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

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
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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''
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Word Origin and History for arses

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.).

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