Pronunciation Noun

ass (plural asses)

  1. Any of several species of horse-like animals, especially Equus asinus, the domesticated of which are used as beasts of burden.
    Synonyms: donkey
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, “Of the Same [i.e., the Blacknesse of Negroes]”, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths, London: Printed for Tho. Harper for Edvvard Dod, OCLC 838860010 ↗; Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents, and Commonly Presumed Truths. […], 2nd corrected and much enlarged edition, London: Printed by A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath. Ekins, […], 1650, OCLC 152706203 ↗, book 6, page 282 ↗:
      Thus the Aſſe having a peculiar mark of a croſſe made by a black liſt down his back, and another athwart, or at right angles down his ſhoulders; common opinion aſcribes this figure unto a peculiar ſignation; ſince that beaſt had the honour to bear our Saviour on his back.
  2. (slang) A stupid person.
    That new kid left the cap off the syrup bottle again! What an ass.
    Synonyms: fool, idiot
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  1. (vulgar, slang) Buttocks.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:buttocks
  2. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sex.
    Synonyms: poontang, poon, punani, pussy, tail, tang, Thesaurus:copulation
    I’m going to go down to the bar and try to get me some ass.
  3. (vulgar, slang) Anus.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 68
      Train compartment: two sick young junkies on their way to Lexington tear their pants down in convulsions of lust. One of them soaps his cock and works it up the other's ass with a corkscrew motion.
  4. (vulgar, slang) Used in similes to express something bad or unpleasant.
    I feel like ass today.
    This room smells like ass.
    What a bunch of ass.
  5. (vulgar, slang) Used after an adjective to indicate extremes or excessiveness.
    That was one big-ass fish!
    That's an expensive-ass car!
  6. (vulgar, slang, metonymy) One's self or person, chiefly their body.
    Get your lazy ass out of bed!
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  1. (enzyme) Initialism of argininosuccinate synthase

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