Origin of ass1
noun, plural as·ses [as-iz] /ˈæs ɪz/.
Origin of as2
Origin of ass2
Related Words for assesidiot, fool, donkey, dunce, jerk, twit, blockhead, dope, imbecile, nitwit, simpleton, jackass, dolt, numbskull
Examples from the Web for asses
Contemporary Examples of asses
And every day, we bust our asses to continue “making it,” but we most certainly have not “made it.”
We thanked them on stage for saving our asses and supporting indie music.
Now, when you Google “Brian Lederman” the first result describes him as someone who “grabs a lot of asses.”Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
As much as it pains Americans to admit this, Ronaldo saved our asses.Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA
June 26, 2014
While the asses may not all be exactly the same, the message definitely is: Work out to get a butt.Back Off, B*tches. There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen
May 9, 2014
Historical Examples of asses
How true is it, that "sailors make their money like horses, and spend it like asses!"Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
An Italian proverb says: "The furrier gets the skins of more foxes than asses."The Devil's Dictionary
My mother, who saw that I did not relish the asses' milk, put in a word for me.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
You might as well affirm the existence of mules, and deny that of horses and asses.Apology
Their dogs and their asses might bear his name, but their own lives and liberty must answer to it.The Scapegoat
- a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
- a statement to withdraw something just said
- used correlatively before an adjective or adverb and before a noun phrase or a clause to indicate identity of extent, amount, etcshe is as heavy as her sister; she is as heavy now as she used to be
- used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the sameshe is the same height as her sister
Word Origin for as
Word Origin for as
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Word Origin for ass
Word Origin for ass
c.1200, worn-down form of Old English alswa "quite so" (see also), fully established by c.1400. Equivalent to so; any distinction in use is purely idiomatic. Related to German als "as, than," from Middle High German also. Phrase as well "just as much" is recorded from late 15c.; the phrase also can imply "as well as not," "as well as anything else." Interjection of incredulity as if! (i.e. "as if that really could happen") is attested from 1995, an exact duplication of Latin quasi.
beast of burden, Old English assa (Old Northumbrian assal, assald) "he-ass," probably from Old Celtic *as(s)in "donkey," which (with German esel, Gothic asilus, Lithuanian asilas, Old Church Slavonic osl) ultimately is from Latin asinus, which is probably of Middle Eastern origin (cf. Sumerian ansu).
For al schal deie and al schal passe, Als wel a Leoun as an asse. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1393]
Since ancient Greek times, in fables and parables, the animal typified clumsiness and stupidity (hence asshead, late 15c., etc.). To make an ass of oneself is from 1580s. Asses' Bridge (c.1780), from Latin Pons Asinorum, is fifth proposition of first book of Euclid's "Elements." In Middle English, someone uncomprehending or unappreciative would be lik an asse that listeth on a harpe. In 15c., an ass man was a donkey driver.
slang for "backside," first attested 1860 in nautical slang, in popular use from 1930; chiefly U.S.; from dialectal variant pronunciation of arse (q.v.). The loss of -r- before -s- attested in several other words (e.g. burst/bust, curse/cuss, horse/hoss, barse/bass). Indirect evidence of the change from arse to ass can be traced to 1785 (in euphemistic avoidance of ass "donkey" by polite speakers) and perhaps to Shakespeare, if Nick Bottom transformed into a donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1594) is the word-play some think it is. Meaning "woman regarded as a sexual object" is from 1942. Colloquial (one's) ass "one's self, one's person" attested by 1958.
In addition to the idiom beginning with ass
- ass in a sling, have one's
- break one's ass
- chew out (one's ass off)
- cover one's ass
- drag one's ass
- kick ass
- kick in the pants (ass)
- kiss ass
- make a fool (an ass) of
- pain in the ass
- stick it (up one's ass)
- you bet your ass