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arse

[ahrs] /ɑrs/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
1.
ass2 (defs 1, 2).
Origin
see ass2
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British Dictionary definitions for arse

arse

/ɑːs/
noun (slang)
1.
the buttocks
2.
the anus
3.
a stupid person; fool
4.
sexual intercourse
5.
(Austral) effrontery; cheek
6.
get one's arse into gear, to start to do something seriously and quickly
Also called (for senses 2, 3) arsehole (ˈɑːsˌhəʊl), (US and Canadian) asshole
Usage note
Dating back at least a thousand years, and taboo till around the middle of the 20th century, this venerable ``Anglo-Saxon'' word now seems unlikely to cause offence in all but the most formal contexts. Its acceptability has possibly been helped by such useful verb formations as ``to arse about'' and ``I can't be arsed''
Word Origin
OE
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Word Origin and History for arse
n.

"buttocks," Old English ærs "tail, rump," from Proto-Germanic *arsoz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse ars, Middle Dutch ærs, German Arsch "buttock"), cognate with Greek orros "tail, rump, base of the spine," Hittite arrash, Armenian or "buttock," Old Irish err "tail." Middle English had arse-winning "money obtained by prostitution" (late 14c.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for arse

arse

noun

ass (1860+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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