arse

arse

[ahrs]
noun Slang: Vulgar.
ass2 ( defs 1, 2 ).

Origin:
see ass2

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arse or (US), (Canadian) ass (ɑːs, ˈɑːsˌhəʊl)
 
n
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
 
usage  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''
 
ass or (US), (Canadian) ass
 
n
 
usage  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''

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arse
"buttocks," O.E. ærs "tail, rump," from P.Gmc. *arsoz (cf. O.N. ars, M.Du. ærs, Ger. Arsch "buttock"), cognate with Gk. orros "tail, rump, base of the spine," Hittite arrash, Arm. or "buttock," O.Ir. err "tail." Arsy-versy "backside foremost" first attested 1530s.
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