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ass

noun \ ˈas \

Definition of ass

1 : any of several hardy gregarious (see gregarious 1a) African or Asian perissodactyl mammals (genus Equus) smaller than the horse and having long ears; especially : an African mammal (E. asinus) that is the ancestor of the donkey
2 informal + impolite : a stupid, obstinate, or perverse person
  • a pompous ass
  • made an ass of himself
often compounded with a preceding adjective
  • Don't be a smart-ass.

Origin and Etymology of ass

Middle English, from Old English assa, probably from Old Irish asan, from Latin asinus

First Known Use: before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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ass

noun \ ˈas \
variants: or play \ˈas, ˈärs\

Definition of ass

1 a informal + impolite : buttocks often used in emphatic reference to a specific person
  • Get your ass over here.
  • saved my ass
b informal + impolite : anus
2 offensive : sexual intercourse

Origin and Etymology of ass

Middle English ars, ers, from Old English ærs, ears; akin to Old High German & Old Norse ars buttocks, Greek orrhos buttocks, oura tail

First Known Use: before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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ass

adverb

Definition of ass

informal + impolite
used as a postpositive intensive especially with words of derogatory implication
  • fancy-ass

Origin and Etymology of ass

First Known Use: circa 1920

in the meaning defined above


ASS Defined for Kids

ass

noun \ ˈas \

Definition of ass for Students

1 : an animal that looks like but is smaller than the related horse and has shorter hair in the mane and tail and longer ears : donkey
2 : a stupid or stubborn person
Hint: This sense of the word is often considered impolite, and you may offend people by using it.

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