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Topic: ANIMALS

Sense: 1
Origin: Old English assa, from Latin asinus
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Changed spelling of arse (11-21 centuries), from Old English ærs, ears

ass

noun
     
ass S2 [countable]
1 not polite a stupid, annoying person [= fool]:
He's a pompous ass.
make an ass of yourself (=do something stupid or embarrassing)
2 American English not polite the part of your body that you sit on
3HBA old use a donkey
arse1

; ➔ get your butt/ass in gear

at gear1 (8)

; ➔ haul ass

at haul1 (5)

; ➔ kick ass

at kick1 (8)

; ➔ kick somebody's ass

at kick1 (7)

; ➔ kiss somebody's ass

at kiss1 (6)

; ➔ be a pain in the ass

at pain1 (3)

; ➔ piece of ass

at piece1 (22), smart arse

; ➔ work your ass off

at work1 (30)
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