arsey

adjective ars·ey \ ˈär-sē \

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 Johnsonquoted in Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald2 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 SmithWhite Teeth2000

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Origin and Etymology of arsey

arse4ass +1-y; sense 1 after tin-arse “lucky person,” tin-arsed “lucky”


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