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 Go out there, have a good time, but don't be a jackass. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 Head jackass Johnny Knoxville is in prosthetics as his old-man character Irving Zisman. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2022 Emerson quotes aside, this guy is an arrogant jackass presenting himself as a monarch to a group of people who have no reason to pledge their fealty. Sarene Leeds, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2021 No more squeezing your tuxedo into the confines of a wetsuit and then waddling around like a jackass with a bird on your head. Nick Romano, EW.com, 17 Sep. 2021 In its most positive connotation, the word jackass refers to someone who pushes the boundaries of human physical capabilities for the sake of having a good time. Maren Larsen, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2021 The spirit of the jackass was perhaps best typified by the eponymous 2000 MTV reality show, whose cast consisted of nine young men doing outrageous stunts—like attempting to skateboard down a ramp of six treadmills—and pulling pranks on each other. Maren Larsen, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2021 Only a complete jackass would just spring them on an unsuspecting audience. The Washington Post, 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, 7 Apr. 2020 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of jackass

: a donkey and especially a male donkey


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