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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Synonyms for jackass


berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo

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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

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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 Drew Angerer/Getty Images Kanye West’s ongoing flirtation with Donald Trump and conservative politics likely dates all the way back to the time Barack Obama called him a jackass. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 political science lessons from Kanye West’s embrace of Donald Trump," 3 May 2018 West admitted that led to sadness when Obama called him a jackass during a press conference following the Taylor Swift MTV VMAs incident. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Kanye West talks Trump, Obama and Jay-Z in revealing interview," 1 May 2018 Some jackasses were even snapping branches off trees and building fires. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Terrible people set off a jerk bomb and turned Cherokee Park into a sled graveyard," 18 Jan. 2018 Idol would be nothing without encouraging at least a few contestants to make absolute jackasses of themselves in front of the cameras. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Katy Perry Belches, Dances And Kisses Her Way Through the Reboot Premiere (Critic's Take)," 12 Mar. 2018 Politics is stubborn, like an angry jackass with shampoo on its head. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Donald Trump's Dirk Diggler moment, and a new alias for Boss Madigan," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of jackass

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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