- The definition of an ass is a horse like animal with a small build and long ears such as a donkey.
Eeyore on Winnie the Pooh is an example of an ass.
- An ass is a word used to describe someone that is stupid, foolish or behaving badly, often considered a curse word or swear word.
An example of an ass is a person who is heckling a comedian at a performance.
- An ass is defined as a slang word used to describe a person's buttocks.
An example of an ass is the part of your body that you sit on.
A jackass, ass, or donkey.
- any of a number of horselike perissodactylous mammals (family Equidae) having long ears and a short mane, esp. the common wild ass (Equus asinus) of Africa: donkeys and burros are domesticated asses: in fables the ass is represented as obstinate and stupid
- a stupid or silly person; fool
Origin of assMiddle English asse ; from Old English assa, assen: probably ; from Old Irish assan or Welsh asyn, both ; from Classical Latin asinus
Origin of assvariant, variety of arse
- Any of several hoofed mammals of the genus Equus, resembling and closely related to the horses but having a smaller build and longer ears, and including the domesticated donkey.
- A foolish or stupid person.
Origin of assMiddle English asse, from Old English assa, perhaps a hypocoristic for Old English dialectal (Northumbrian) asal, ultimately (perhaps via a Celtic form akin to Old Irish asal) from Latin asinus; see asinine.
nounpl. ass·es Vulgar Slang
- a. The buttocks.b. The anus.
- Sexual intercourse.
Origin of assMiddle English ars, from Old English ears; see ors- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of several species of horse-like animals, especially Equus africanus, often domesticated and used a beast of burden.
- (slang) A stupid person.
- Damn! That new kid left the cap off of the syrup bottle again! What an ass.
From Middle English as, ass, asse, from Old English assa, back-formed from assen ‘she-ass’, from Celtic (compare Old Irish asan, Old Cornish asen), from Latin asinus. Replaced Old English eosol, from Proto-Germanic *asiluz (compare Old High German esil, Old Saxon esil, Gothic (asilus)).
(countable and uncountable, plural asses)
- (vulgar, slang) Buttocks.
- (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sex.
- I’m going to go down to the bar and try to get me some ass.
- (vulgar, slang) Anus.
- (slang) Used in similes to express something bad or unpleasant.
- I feel like ass today. (I am feeling very bad today.)
- This room smells like ass. (This room smells very bad.)
- What a bunch of ass. (What a bunch of lies/nonsense/disappointment.)
- (slang) Used after an adjective to indicate extremes or excessiveness.
- That was one big-ass fish!
- That's an expensive-ass car!
- (slang) One's self or person, chiefly their body.
- Get your lazy ass out of bed!
- When used with a possessive, it adds a tone of anger or disapproval to the whole sentence: "he has trouble getting his ass up in the morning" is much stronger and more negative than "he has trouble getting up in the morning". Such usage is also considered by many to be rude, vulgar and offensive, especially when it refers to the person addressed.
Used chiefly in North America. From arse (used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) with loss of -r- before s (common in both England and US; e.g., bass, bust, cuss, passel), from Old English ærs, ears, from Proto-Germanic *arsaz (compare Old High German ars (German Arsch), Old Norse ars, Old Frisian ers), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érsos (compare Ancient Greek ὄρρος (orros)).
- (slang, vulgar) Intensifies an adjective
- (slang, vulgar) Converts an adjective into a noun having the meaning of, "one who is [adj.]".