asses

1
[as-iz]

noun

plural of ass1.

asses

2
[as-iz]

noun

plural of as2.

ass

1
[as]

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]

noun

as

2
[as]

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]

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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Examples from the Web for asses

Contemporary Examples of asses

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."

  • My mother, who saw that I did not relish the asses' milk, put in a word for me.

  • You might as well affirm the existence of mules, and deny that of horses and asses.

    Apology

    Plato

  • Their dogs and their asses might bear his name, but their own lives and liberty must answer to it.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for asses

as

1

conjunction (subordinating)

(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
  1. a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
  2. 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

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

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

Word Origin for as

Old English alswā likewise; see also

xref

as

2

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

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

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

as

adv.

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.

ass

n.1

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.

ass

n.2

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

asses in Medicine

As

The symbol for the elementarsenic

AS

abbr.

aortic stenosis
auris sinistra (left ear)
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asses in Science

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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