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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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 Only a complete jackass would just spring them on an unsuspecting audience. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 23 June 2020 In less than 15 years, then, the jackasses have developed a spacecraft that has become something of a jack-of-all-trades. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The spacecraft that utterly transformed SpaceX has flown its last mission," 7 Apr. 2020 The songs' sounds are similar to the bray of a donkey, according to the paper which published Tuesday, and are responsible for the flightless birds' less-than-flattering nickname: the jackass penguin. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Penguins' speech patterns are similar to humans, a new study finds," 5 Feb. 2020 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 The call of the jackass penguin might seem like a far cry from human speech. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Jackass penguins talk like people," 7 Feb. 2020 As Omari, Kory Pullman turns the nearly impossible trick of conveying a troubled young man as both a stubborn, insolent jackass and a vulnerable, hurting kid. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: Penumbra’s ‘Pipeline’ is disturbing and necessary," 5 Oct. 2019 The jackass in question was Raymond, the wild horse herd’s only mule who is notorious for his antics. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Wild Horse Herd’s Resident Mule Disrupts Traffic With Dramatic Nap, Gives Officials Quite a Fright," 17 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of jackass

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jackass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackass. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jackass

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


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

Kids Definition of jackass

: a donkey and especially a male donkey

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