- plural of ass1.
- plural of as2.
- 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 ass1
- 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 as2
- the buttocks.
- the rectum.
- Slang. sexual intercourse.
Origin of ass2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (often preceded by just) while; when; at the time thathe caught me as I was leaving
- in the way thatdancing as only she can
- that which; whatI did as I was told
- (of) which fact, event, etc (referring to the previous statement)to become wise, as we all know, is not easy
- as it were in a way; so to speak; as if it were really so
- as you were
- a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
- a statement to withdraw something just said
- since; seeing thatas you're in charge here, you'd better tell me where to wait
- in the same way thathe died of cancer, as his father had done
- in spite of the extent to whichintelligent as you are, I suspect you will fail
- for instancecapital cities, as London
- 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
- in the role of; beingas his friend, I am probably biased
- as for or as to with reference toas for my past, I'm not telling you anything
- as from or as of formal (in expressions of time) fromfares on all routes will rise as from January 11
- as if or as though as it would be ifhe talked as if he knew all about it
- as is or as it is in the existing state of affairsas it is, I shall have difficulty finishing all this work, without any more
- as per See per (def. 3)
- as regards See regard (def. 6)
- as such See such (def. 3)
- such as See such (def. 5)
- as was in a previous state
- as well See well 1 (def. 13)
- as yet up to now; so farI have received no compensation as yet
- an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
- the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome
- American Samoa
- chem arsenic
- Also: A.S. Anglo-Saxon
- Australian Standards
- 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
- 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 and History for asses
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.
- The symbol for the elementarsenic
- aortic stenosis
- auris sinistra (left ear)
- The symbol for arsenic.
Idioms and Phrases with asses
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