ass

1
[ as ]
/ æs /

noun

a long-eared, slow, patient, sure-footed domesticated mammal, Equus asinus, related to the horse, used chiefly as a beast of burden.
any wild species of the genus Equus, as the onager.
a stupid, foolish, or stubborn person.

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Origin of ass

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before 1000; Middle English asse, Old English assa, probably hypocoristic form based on Old Irish asan < Latin asinus; akin to Greek ónos ass

OTHER WORDS FROM ass

ass·like, adjective

Definition for ass's (2 of 2)

ass2
[ as ]
/ æs /

noun Vulgar.

the buttocks.
the rectum.
Slang. sexual intercourse.

Origin of ass

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before 1000; var of arse, with loss of r before s, as in passel, cuss, etc.; Middle English ars, er(e)s, Old English ærs, ears; cognate with Old Frisian ers, Dutch aars, Old Norse, Middle Low German, Old Saxon, Old High German ars (German Arsch), Greek órrhos, Armenian or̄kh, Hittite arras; akin to Greek ourā́, Old Irish err tail
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British Dictionary definitions for ass's (1 of 2)

ass1
/ (æs) /

noun

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 horseRelated adjective: asinine
(not in technical use) the domesticated variety of the African wild ass; donkey
a foolish or ridiculously pompous person
not within an ass's roar of Irish informal not close to obtaining, winning, etcshe wasn't within an ass's roar of it

Word Origin for ass

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

British Dictionary definitions for ass's (2 of 2)

ass2
/ (æs) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ass

Old English ærs; see arse
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Idioms and Phrases with ass's

ass

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