jackass

noun
jack·​ass | \ ˈjak-ˌas How to pronounce jackass (audio) \

Definition of jackass

1 : donkey especially : a male donkey
2 : a stupid, annoying, or detestable person … the weird thing about charisma is that trying to be charismatic backfires. By trying to be charismatic, you come off like a jackass.— Zoë Chance If you asked me ten years ago, I would have said, "Hell no, I'm not a Caribbean writer! I'm a writer." Now, I'm like, "That guy was a jackass. Don't listen to him!" Of course, I'm a Caribbean writer.— Marlon James This episode is the story of a real jackass abuser who literally bullies an entire town in Missouri for decades.smilepolitely.com

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Examples of jackass in a Sentence

Some jackass spilled his drink on my shoes. only a jackass would dive into a lake without first checking to see how deep the water is
Recent Examples on the Web The story is about a jackass who grows a bare sliver of a heart, a template that Marvel would beat into the ground in the years to come but that was not yet established in 2008. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "From Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home: all 23 Marvel movies, ranked," 26 Oct. 2017 Liam Gallagher lived his twenties and thirties as rock’s maximum jackass, greeting the world middle fingers first as the front man of the 1990s-defining band Oasis. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Bad Boy Faces Middle Age," 11 Sep. 2019 In building a case for his argument, jackass annoys his friend and — depending on whether you’re intrigued by these sorts of thought experiments — maybe the reader as well. Chris Barton, Twin Cities, "Chuck Klosterman shifts his pop culture-obsessions to fiction in ‘Raised in Captivity’," 20 July 2019 In building a case for his argument, jackass annoys his friend and — depending on whether you’re intrigued by these sorts of thought experiments — maybe the reader as well. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Chuck Klosterman shifts his pop culture-obsessions to fiction in 'Raised in Captivity'," 12 July 2019 But maybe, just maybe, these jackasses have other business. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "On Painting Air Force One," 13 June 2019 Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is How SNL Handled That Trump and Kanye Oval Office Meeting," 14 Oct. 2018 Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma takes the helm, and managing director and comically gifted crowd favorite David Melville plays the jackass, Bottom. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "The 99 Seat Beat: 'Big Fish' at the Chance in Anaheim, free Shakespeare in Griffith Park," 6 July 2018 The playful creatures are also known as jackass penguins because their call is similar to the braying of a donkey. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Endangered penguins splash it up in new digs at Camden's Adventure Aquarium," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of jackass

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of jackass was in 1727

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5 Dec 2019

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“Jackass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackass. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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jackass

noun
How to pronounce jackass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jackass

: a male donkey
chiefly US, informal + impolite : a stupid person

jackass

noun
jack·​ass | \ ˈjak-ˌas How to pronounce jackass (audio) \

Kids Definition of jackass

: a donkey and especially a male donkey

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