[ as-hat ]
/ ˈæsˌhæt /
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noun Slang: Vulgar.
a foolish, annoying, or contemptible person; asshole: It’s hard to raise a child without asshats regularly making commentary about what they think is wrong with your child or your parenting.
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Origin of asshat
First recorded in 2000–05; ass2 + hat (def. 1); of uncertain origin; perhaps from the expression “to have one's head up one's ass” (and thus to wear one's ass as a hat); perhaps from the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), in which one character orders another to “get in line before I kick you so hard you’ll be wearin’ your ass for a hat”
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