British slang, vulgar
: concerned, bothered
The downside is loss of anonymity, but I'm not arsed about that.Polly Vernon, Observer (London), 4 Apr. 2010
She'd already written his name and address down for the story and couldn't be arsed [=couldn't be bothered, was too lazy] to try and find another witness.Denise Mina, The Dead Hour, 2006

Word History


arse, verbal derivative of arse ass entry 4 + -ed entry 1

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arsed was in 1968

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“Arsed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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