asses

1
[ as-iz ]
/ ˈæs ɪz /

noun

plural of ass1.

Nearby words

  1. arytenoid muscle,
  2. arytenoidectomy,
  3. arytenoiditis,
  4. arytenoidopexy,
  5. arête,
  6. as . . . as,
  7. as a matter of course,
  8. as a matter of fact,
  9. as a rule,
  10. as a whole

asses

2
[ as-iz ]
/ ˈæs ɪz /

noun

plural of as2.

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.

Origin of ass

1
before 1000; Middle English asse, Old English assa, probably hypocoristic form based on Old Irish asan < Latin asinus; akin to Greek ónos ass

Related formsass·like, adjective

asse

[ as ]
/ æs /

noun

as

2
[ as ]
/ æs /

noun, plural as·ses [as-iz] /ˈæs ɪz/.

a copper coin and early monetary unit of ancient Rome, originally having a nominal weight of a pound of 12 ounces: discontinued c80 b.c.
a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.

Origin of as

2
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1595–1605

ass

2
[ as ]
/ æs /

noun Vulgar.

the buttocks.
the rectum.
Slang. sexual intercourse.

Origin of ass

2
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 asses

as

1
/ (æz, unstressed əz) /

conjunction (subordinating)

adverb, conjunction

  1. 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
  2. used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the sameshe is the same height as her sister

preposition

Word Origin for as

Old English alswā likewise; see also

xref


as

2
/ (æs) /

noun

an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome

Word Origin for as

C17: from Latin ās unity, probably of Etruscan origin

as

3

the internet domain name for

American Samoa

As

symbol for

chem arsenic
altostratus

AS

abbreviation for

Also: A.S. Anglo-Saxon
antisubmarine
Australian Standards

ass

1
/ (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

ass

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for asses
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Medicine definitions for asses

As

The symbol for the elementarsenic

AS

abbr.

aortic stenosis
auris sinistra (left ear)

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Science definitions for asses

As

The symbol for arsenic.
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Idioms and Phrases with asses

ass

In addition to the idiom beginning with ass

  • ass in a sling, have one's

also see:

  • 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
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