arsey

adjective
ars·​ey | \ ˈär-sē How to pronounce arsey (audio) \

Definition of arsey

1 Australian slang : lucky I just cannot believe Parramatta won and we lost. We were a 10-point better side, they scored two arsey tries and we had two disallowed, which you could see for sure were OK.— Geoff Johnson, quoted in Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, 2 Sept. 1991
2 British slang : maliciously spiteful, bad-tempered, or unreasonable When I told my girlfriend I was going for a drink with my flatmate, she got really arsey. — James Petherbridge, Daily Mirror (London), 11 Aug. 2001 He was just asking you a question and you have to come over all arsey.— Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2000

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of arsey

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arsey

arse ass entry 4 + -y entry 1; sense 1 after tin-arse “lucky person,” tin-arsed “lucky”

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about arsey

Time Traveler for arsey

Time Traveler

The first known use of arsey was in 1953

See more words from the same year

Statistics for arsey

Cite this Entry

“Arsey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsey. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

Comments on arsey

What made you want to look up arsey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!