adjective ars·ey \ˈär-sē\

Definition of arsey

  1. 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. 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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Origin and Etymology of arsey

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

First Known Use: 1953

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to criticize severely

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