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

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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”

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“Arsey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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