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arvo pronunciation
  • (Australia) /ˈaː.vəʉ/
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  • (British) /ˈɑː(ɹ).vəʊ/
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Alternative forms: arvy etymology Abbreviation of afternoon + o.
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, informal) Afternoon.
    • 1960, John Gunn, The Humpy in the Hills, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=IRTCTpz3M6aKmQXakIGRBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 46], “Rope and tomahawk,” explained Col. “We put them here this arvo when I came down and whistled first time.”
    • 2000, Mark Johnston, Fighting the Enemy: Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=IRTCTpz3M6aKmQXakIGRBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 33], The usual reaction of a footsoldier observing such incidents is well summed up by the comments of Private Derrick in the Salient at Tobruk: ‘Seen a human side of the war yesterday arvo Red Cross partys [sic] burying dead & treating wounded one of our partys were fired on by enemy & I will always remember it’.50
    • 2010, Chris Bray, The 1000 Hour Day: Two Adventurers Take on the World's Harshest Island, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=RQzCTpetBIuhmQW27py4BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false unnumbered page], ‘We'll fly you out at seven this arvo—but bring them down a little early, just in case we need to think of something else.’
    • 2010, Rebecca Iannone, The Invisible String: The Secrets That Bind, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvo%22+-intitle:%22arvo%22&hl=en&ei=RQzCTpetBIuhmQW27py4BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvo%22%20-intitle%3A%22arvo%22&f=false page 55], “Yeah, he only works on a Saturday arvo,” Kelly told her. “I think the place is packed on that day, because girls come from everywhere just to get a glimpse of him. He's hot as.”
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arvy Alternative forms: arvo (Australian)
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  1. (UK, informal) Afternoon.
    • 1994, , The Girl From Penny Lane, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvy%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=nSjCTtueE86NmQWL8fm0BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvy%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 152], ‘Glad you like it,’ Johnny said. Then we′ll go tomorrer. Awright wi′ you? So this arvy we've gorra get our stuff together.’
    • 2006, , The Book of Not: A Sequel to Nervous Conditions, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvy%22+-intitle:%22%22&dq=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvy%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=eTrCTsPVE7HMmAXOl4mNBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 215], ‘Howzit going?’ Tracey repeated. Before I could answer she rushed on, ‘I′ve got a nine-thirty. I won't be back before lunch, but maybe first thing this arvy. By the way,’ she flung over her shoulder, ‘It′s got to be read, hey! Make sure you get Belinda to type it, Tambu.’
    • 2007, , , [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvy%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=nSjCTtueE86NmQWL8fm0BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvy%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 95], ‘Leave it. No point rinsing off when there's more cars coming this arvy.’
    • 2009, Faye Sakura Rentoule, Angel Service, [http//|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow+arvy%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=nSjCTtueE86NmQWL8fm0BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the|this|sunday|monday|tuesday|wednesday|thursday|friday|saturday|yesterday|tomorrow%20arvy%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 39], “Well, you haven't explained to me why you were wasted already by 5 o'clock in the arvy,” I retorted.
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Aryan {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Arian etymology From Sanskrit आर्य 〈ārya〉, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *arya-, the original Indo-Iranian autonym. Borrowed into English in the 19th century, at first as a term for the Indo-Iranian languages, and later partly extended to the Indo-European languages and peoples following a theory by Friedrich Schlegel that connected the Indo-Iranian words arya / ā́rya with German Ehre and some older Germanic names, thus assuming that it was the original Indo-European autonym meaning "the honorable people". The original meaning of the Indo-Iranian autonym and its possible Indo-European origin/cognates are disputed (see the Aryan for further details). Same Proto-Indo-Iranian root is the ultimate source of the country name Iran. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈɛəɹiən/, /ˈɛəɹjən/, /ˈɑɹiən/, /ˈɑɹjən/
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  1. (theosophy, Germanic mysticism, nazism) A member of an (alleged) master race comprise of non-Jewish Caucasians, especially those of Nordic or Germanic descent.
    • 1925–26, , , translation from German to English by James Murphy, 1939 This short sketch of the changes that take place among those races that are only the depositories of a culture also furnishes a picture of the development and the activity and the disappearance of those who are the true founders of culture on this earth, namely the Aryans themselves.
  2. (Nazi or white supremacist ideology, informal) A person of Caucasian ethnicity; a white non-Jew.
    • 2001, , , The Evolution of Intelligence, Page 300 One transmission advantage may have been that espousing Aryan-supremacist and overtly Nazi ideology could have been a roundabout way of announcing, […]
    • 2002, , Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History, page 263 The point is not that southern Republicans are edging toward Aryan-supremacist views but that the rhetoric of their campaigns and some of their political […]
  3. (chiefly, US, informal, euphemistic) A Caucasian racist, often one who is an Aryan in the first sense.
    • 2004, , Bluffing Mr. Churchill Cal tried to think of words that would convey Wolfgang Stahl to the ears and hands of a woman who’d never seen him and never, until now, had to imagine him. […] ‘Why not . . . why not think of your chap as a type? Tell me what type you’d sort of put him into.’ ‘Sort of?’ ‘You know . . . roughly.’ ‘He’s an Aryan.’ ‘Ah, one of those, eh? Odd when you think about it. I mean. How did they arrive at blue-eyed blonds as a racial type? Hitler’s short and dark and looks like Charlie Chaplin. Goebbels is short and ugly and looks like a rat. And as for Goering – well is that what Billy Bunter grew up to be?’
  4. (dated) An Indo-European, a Proto-Indo-European.
    • 1905, , LL.D., chief editor, The Great Events by Famous Historians, volume IV We have seen that when the Goths first entered Roman territory they were driven on by a vast migration of the Asiatic Huns. These wild and hideous tribes then […] appeared upon the Rhine, and in enormous numbers penetrated Gaul. No people had yet understood them, none had even checked their career. The white races seemed helpless against this "yellow peril", this "Scourge of God", as Attila was called. Goths and Romans and all the varied tribes which were ranging in perturbed whirl through unhappy Gaul laid aside their lesser enmities and met in common cause against this terrible invader. The battle of Châlons, 451, was the most tremendous struggle in which Turanian was ever matched against Aryan, the one huge bid of the stagnant, unprogressive races, for earth’s mastery.
  5. (dated) An Indo-Iranian.
  6. (ethnography, obsolete) A subdivision of the Caucasian race, which comprised the Aryans, the Semite, and the Hamite, or the accompanying linguistic subdivision.
    • 1892, , The Aryan Race: Its Origins and Its Achievements [The] Caucasian race includes two sub-races, — the Xantho-chroic and Melanochroic of Huxley. The seat of this race is Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia, its linguistic division being into Aryans, Semites, and Hamites.
    • 1900, , Outlines of General History The surest principle of classification is based on language, but the results must be tested by a study of the physical characteristics of the various races. According to this method of classification, the races of the world may be divided as follows: Aryan, Semitic, Hamitic, Turanian, Negroid. The name Caucasian is generally applied to the first three divisions, — Aryans, Semites, and Hamites. Aryan. — This includes the ancient Hindus […] the Persians, Greeks, Italians, Celts, Teutons, and Slavs.
  • In popular conception, the Aryan racial type is marked by having blond hair and blue eyes. These are not criteria of any of the technical racial definitions.
  • Using the technical meanings of the term ‘Aryan’ (Indo-Iranian, Indo-European, Proto-Indo-European, or a subdivision of the Caucasian race) could be misleading and dangerous, as the Nazi and neo-Nazi ideological usages, with their connotations, are the only widely understood meanings of the term in modern English.
  • Neo-Nazi users generally do not intend the term to be pejorative, however, it can be taken as such outside of the neo-Nazi community, because of the term’s heavy use by and association with the Nazis; the implication is that non-Aryans are inferior. The word is highly-charged, because this thinking is widely considered to have lead to the .
  • Due to the fact that the racial senses of the term are, outside of academic contexts and historical or ethnographic discussions, used primarily by racists of Caucasian ethnicity, the term is sometimes used by non-Nazi speakers as a euphemism for ‘White racist’ (see the for an example scenario).
  • Today, the term ‘Aryan’ is used primarily by neo-Nazi and white supremacists, or in discussing the ideology and racial theories of Nazism, a mid-twentieth-century racist political movement that considered Aryans (in the first sense) to be the master race, neo-Nazism, and other white supremacist movements and organizations. The term is therefore strongly associated with such ideologies, to the point that it is sometimes euphemistically used to refer to or describe them. Because of this, and because the term carries a strong emotional charge, the technical senses are perhaps best avoided outside of academic contexts where they are certain to be understood, and the racial senses connected with Nazism are perhaps best avoided altogether.
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  1. Pertaining, in racial theories, to the (alleged) Aryan master race.
    • 1925–26, , , translation from German to English by James Murphy, 1939 Look at the ravages from which our people are suffering daily as a result of being contaminated with Jewish blood. Bear in mind the fact that this poisonous contamination can be eliminated from the national body only after centuries, or perhaps never. Think further of how the process of racial decomposition is debasing and in some cases even destroying the fundamental Aryan qualities of our German people, so that our cultural creativeness as a nation is gradually becoming impotent and we are running the danger, at least in our great cities, of falling to the level where Southern Italy is to-day.
  2. (neo-Nazi or white supremacist ideology, informal) Pertaining to the Caucasian ethnicity.
    • 2003, , Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement, page 172 Neo-Nazis use Nordic religions to fashion a more noble Aryan past and a modern Pan-Aryan community. Symbols from and references to ancient spirituality pepper neo-Nazi literature.
  3. (US, informal, euphemistic) Pertaining to Caucasian racist or their organisations, theories, etc.
    • 2006, , Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times, Intercultural Press, [http//|ISBN 1931930252], page 106
    • Imagine our outrage if the foreign press depicted Aryan groups as representing mainstream Christianity.
  4. Of or pertaining to Indo-Iranian people, culture, and language.
    • 1872-79: John Beames, A Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India: to wit, Hindi, Panjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Bangall [W]ith all due deference to the opinions of scholars, it may be urged that much of this elaborate development arose in an age when the speech of the people had wandered very far away from the classical type. Even if it were not so, even if there ever were a time when the Aryan peasant used poly-syllabic desideratives, and was familiar with multiform aorists, it is clear that he began to satisfy himself with a simpler system at a very distant epoch, for the range of forms in Pali and the other Prakrits is far narrower than in classical Sanskrit.
  5. (dated) Of or pertaining to Indo-European people, culture and language.
    • 1905, , LL.D., chief editor, The Great Events by Famous Historians, volume IV Who were these Teutons? Rome knew them only vaguely as wild tribes dwelling in the gloom of the great forest wilderness. In reality they were but the vanguard of vast races of human beings who through ages had been slowly populating all Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Beyond the Teutons were other Aryans, the Slavs. Beyond these were vague non-Aryan races like the Huns. […]
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  1. The language of the original Aryans.
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as all fuck etymology as + all + fuck
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  1. (postpositive, slang, vulgar) A more intense form of as fuck. That exam was hard as all fuck.
May also be used in conjunction with a prepositive as; for example, as mean as all fuck. Synonyms: as fuck, as all hell, as hell
asciibetical Alternative forms: ASCIIbetical
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  1. (computing, informal, of a sorting) According to the order of the ASCII table.
asciibetically pronunciation
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  1. (computing, informal) In an asciibetical way. The elements of the array are ordered asciibetically.
asexual {{wikipedia}} etymology From a + sexual.
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  1. Not experiencing sexual attraction; lacking interest in or desire for sex.
    • 2010, Jerrold S. Greenberg, Clint E. Bruess, Sarah C. Conklin, Exploring the Dimensions of Human Sexuality, fourth edition, pages 357–358: Many asexual people experience attraction, but feel no need to act out that attraction sexually. Because they don't see a lack of sexual arousal as a problem to be corrected, asexual people focus their energy on enjoying other types of arousal and pleasure.
  2. Not sexual in nature, not marked by sexual activity. (Compare Platonic.)
    • 2004, Martha Vicinus, Intimate Friends: women who loved women, 1778-1928, page 150: The central paradox of Linton's writing was her inability, or unwillingness, to imagine an asexual friendship between women.
  3. (biology) Having no distinct sex, having no sexual organ.
  4. (biology) Without sexual action; reproducing by some other method than sex. asexual reproduction
Synonyms: (not experiencing sexual attraction) ace (slang), asexy (slang), (not of marked sex) epicene
  • sexual, horny
related terms:
  • asexuality
coordinate terms:
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  1. (biology) A species which reproduces by asexual rather than sexual reproduction, or a member of such a species.
    • 2009, Isa Schön, Giampaolo Rossetti, Koen Martens, Darwinulid Ostracods: Ancient Asexual Scandals or Scandalous Gossip?, published as Chapter 11 of Lost Sex: The Evolutionary Biology of Parthenogenesis, Isa Schön, Koen Martens, Peter van Dijk (editor), page 221: 11.2 Demonstrating the Status of Long-Lived Asexuals [...] Indeed, if sex has so many advantages, then which special adaptations - if any - allow long-term survival without it? However, the main task of the research teams dealing with such putative ancient asexuals has thus far been to demonstrate that their respective groups (mainly bdelloid, darwinulid and certain lineages within orbatid mites) indeed merit the status.
  2. A person who does not experience sexual attraction; a person who lacks interest in or desire for sex.
  • (biology) sexual
  • (person) sexual
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  1. (slang) Asexual. (not experiencing sexual attraction)
    • 2007, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Issues 34-37, page 363: One of the first rumored-to-be-asexy relationships can be seen in Henry James's The Bostonians, an 1886 novel that deals with the devotion between two women, Olive and Verena — the work even gave rise to the term "Boston marriages" to describe women who lived together in love with one another without having sex.
    • 2009, Demian Bulwa, "Asexuals leave the closet, find community", San Francisco Chronicle, 24 August 2009: And in June, while wearing an "Asexy Dyke" T-shirt, she marched with two dozen other self-described asexuals in San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade.
    • 2011, Robert Crooks & Karla Baur, Our Sexuality, Wadsworth (2011), ISBN 9780495812944, page 250: Asexual and Proud! is a MySpace community whose goal is to help “asexy” people connect with one another (Bogaert, 2004).
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Synonyms: ace (slang)
as fuck etymology as + fuck
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  1. (postpositive, slang, vulgar) To a great extent or degree; very. It was hot as fuck outside today.
May also be used in conjunction with a prepositive as; for example, as mean as fuck.
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Synonyms: as all hell, as hell, as anything
ashcan etymology ash + can
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  1. A container for ashes, used in times past for accumulating ashes generated from wood and coal fires, for eventual disposal elsewhere. A dustbin.
  2. (US, slang) A kind of large firecracker.
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  1. Of or pertaining to the of American art.
  2. Describing a comic book originally published solely to retain ownership of a trademark, not intended for general release; later used for promotional comic books intended for limited release to the public.
Asian contagion etymology Chosen for the near-rhyme.
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  1. (slang) Asian flu
Asiaphile etymology Asia + phile
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  1. A person interested in Eastern culture.
  2. (derogatory) A Caucasian male with sexual interests in Asian women.
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as I was saying
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) Used to refer back to a previous statement in a discourse
ask for it
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: ask for, it
  2. (idiomatic, informal) To provoke an unwanted action. Leaving your wallet visible on the car seat is just asking for it.
ask the question
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: to ask a given question
  2. (cricket, informal) To make an appeal to the umpire against the batsman.
asl Alternative forms: a/s/l
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  1. (Internet, slang) Age, Sex, Location. Used mainly in chat rooms to request this information from the person to whom one is talking.
  • las
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  • sal, Sal
  • SLA
asleep etymology From a + sleep pronunciation
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  1. In a state of sleep; also, broadly, rest. I was asleep when you called. Never disturb a man asleep.
  2. (slang) Inattentive. How could you miss that? Were you asleep?
  3. (of a body part) Having a numb or prickling sensation accompanied by a degree of unresponsiveness. My arm fell asleep. You know, like pins and needles.
    • 2003, Norma L. Bronoski, Nuns Don't Dance, Louisa sat in the car crying, until her foot fell asleep. She shook her foot violently, afraid the numbness would turn to frostbite.
  4. (euphemistic) dead
  • Not used in attributive position.
Synonyms: dormant
  • awake
related terms:
  • asleep at the switch
  • elapse, please
as much use as a chocolate fireguard etymology Since a chocolate fireguard would melt immediately.
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  1. (simile, humorous) Useless; pointless.
as much use as a chocolate teapot Alternative forms: as useful as a chocolate teapot
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  1. (simile, informal) Thoroughly useless.
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  1. not social
  2. not sociable
  3. (perhaps colloquial, sometimes, proscribed) antisocial
aspie Alternative forms: Aspie pronunciation
  • Homophones: aspy
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  1. (informal) An Aspergerian: a person with Asperger’s syndrome.
  • In formal settings, phrases like "person with Asperger's syndrome" or "person on the autism spectrum" may be preferred.
  • The term is frequently capitalized; see Aspie.
  • paise
  • sepia
asplode etymology Lax pronunciation of explode. Possibly popularized by Strong Bad Email on pronunciation
  • /əˈsploʊd/
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  1. (humorous) To explode.
    • 1959, Jane Duncan, My friends the Miss Boyds, page 158: 'It's going to asplode, sure enough!' said Alasdair, jumping with excitement.
    • {{quote-usenet}} Warning: This Might Make Your Head Asplode.
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  1. (Australian, informal) associate professor
ass {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • (alternative Commonwealth pronunciation in sense of "stupid person" only) {{enPR}}, /ɑːs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English as, ass, asse, from Old English assa, back-formed from assen, from cel (compare Old Irish asan, oco asen), from Latin asinus. Replaced Old English eosol, from Proto-Germanic *asiluz (compare Old High German esil, osx esil, Gothic 𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃 〈𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃〉).
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  1. Any of several species of horse-like animals, especially {{taxlink}}, often domesticated and used a beast of burden.
  2. (slang) A stupid person. Damn! That new kid left the cap off of the syrup bottle again! What an ass.
Synonyms: (beast of burden) donkey, (stupid person) fool, idiot
  • (beast of burden) donkey, onager, wild ass
etymology 2 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, ofs ers), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érsos 〈*h₃érsos〉 (compare Ancient Greek ὄρρος 〈órros〉).
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  1. (vulgar, slang) Buttocks.
  2. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sex. 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. (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.)
  5. (slang) Used after an adjective to indicate extremes or excessiveness. That was one big-ass fish! That's an expensive-ass car!
  6. (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.
Synonyms: (buttocks) See , (vulgar slang:sex) poontang, poon, punani, pussy, tail, tang
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  1. (slang, vulgar) Intensifies an adjective
  2. (slang, vulgar) Converts an adjective into a noun having the meaning of, "one who is [adj.]".
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  1. (slang) Whimsical term for ass in the sense of buttocks and in related idioms. That runner had some nice assage. That song kicks major assage. That song sucks major assage.
    • 2003:Pat Hayes, blog entry for August 9, 2003 in PatHayes.Net Nice tattoed Baby Dolls- Nice Assage- The Thong Zone! Saweeet Mary
    • 2002:LDVDG in a captured IM chat [S]he's a skinny white girl. [T]he chances for nice assage are slim.
    • 2001: — blog entry October 31, 2001 The Bostonians (from Boston College), sucks [sic] major assage. Okay, well, they don't completely suck major assage, but they still weren't that good.
    • 1996:Orgillon in Show Up Early This Show Gonna Kick Some Major Assage.
related terms:
  • ass
assal horizontology etymology Coined on the TV show in 1995, as a quasi-medical term. See ass, horizontal, -ology.
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  1. (humorous, rare) The act of sitting around doing nothing for long periods of time.
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assault rifle etymology Calqued from German Sturmgewehr ("assault rifle", literally "storm rifle"). The was called the Sturmgewehr by Adolf Hitler, whence it was renamed to represent the separate class of firearm it represented. From assault + rifle.
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  1. A military style automatic rifle or carbine that fires a shortened rifle caliber round or lower-power smaller-calibre round, from a high-capacity magazine.
    • 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth (page 23) A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
  2. (colloquial) Any assault weapon.
There is no widespread official definition of assault rifle, and the meaning varies among different legal jurisdiction.
ass-backwards Alternative forms: (alternative spelling) ass backwards, ass-backward, ass backward, back-asswards, bass-ackwards
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  1. (colloquial) Oriented backwards, particularly after a mishap. The car spun out of control and I ended up ass-backwards in a ditch.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Hopelessly misguided; having taken the utterly wrong choice. No wonder it doesn't work. The whole design is ass-backwards.
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  1. (colloquial) Moving backwards, that is, rear end first.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) In a hopelessly misguided manner. They did the whole design ass-backwards. No wonder it doesn't work.
Synonyms: put the cart before the horse
  • backasswards, back-asswards
  • bassackwards, bass-ackwards
ass bandit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, US, slang) A man who seduce young women. {{defdate}}
  • This term is not to be confused with the British English term arse bandit. Ass bandit is instead a rude reference to getting a "piece of ass".
assbrain etymology ass + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) An idiot; a fool.
    • 2002, Andre Perkowski, Along the Edges of Electric Disgust: An Exciting Novel of Tomorrow, p. 4: Back in a few hours, assbrain.
    • 1993, James W. Hall, Hard Aground, p. 4: You, me, all those other assbrains in there, throwing our dollars at Max Hunter.
    • 1993, James Neal Harvey, The Headsman, p. 218: It was in the newspapers and on TV how cops all over the country were looking for Buddy, and here this assbrain wanted to know if he was sending postcards, or calling up to chat, or whatever dumb fucking thing she thought.
Assburgers Alternative forms: assburgers etymology {{blend}}, as a play on Asperger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory or, humorous) Asperger's syndrome.
asscheek Alternative forms: (alternative spacing) ass cheek, (UK spelling) arse cheek, arsecheek etymology ass + cheek pronunciation
  • /ˈæstʃik/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar slang) A buttock.
Synonyms: buttcheek, butt cheek, butt-cheek
assclown etymology ass + clown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A jerk; a buffoon; a person who is inept or ill-behaved to the point of being found laughable by others.
    • 2006, Brad Bauer, Hitting in the Clutch, iUniverse (2006), ISBN 9780595395095, page 141: I'm a little loaded, and this assclown behind me has bumped me four times in a row.
    • 2006, Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds, Three Rivers Press (2006), ISBN 9781400080434, page 261: "Pretentious, ambitionless assclown," I corrected.
    • 2012, Jef With One F, "5 Horrible Lessons Ender's Game Teaches Kids", Houston Press, 19 June 2012: Card is a raging homophobic assclown who believes that America should rise up violently and overthrow the government for any hint of support of same-sex marriage.
ass clown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An idiot, asshole, contemptible person.
assclownery etymology assclown + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Behaviour that is rude, obnoxious, ignorant, or foolish.
Synonyms: asshattery, assholery, douchebaggery, douchery
ass crack Alternative forms: arse crack (UK), arse-crack (UK), arsecrack (UK), ass-crack, asscrack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy, vulgar, slang) The gluteal cleft.
Synonyms: See also .
ass crack of dawn
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) An intensifier, used in the same contexts as crack of dawn, but more intense.
asscunt Alternative forms: arsecunt etymology ass + cunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) anus
  2. (derogatory, slang, vulgar) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
ass eating {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: arse eating (UK), arse-eating (UK), ass-eating
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Anilingus; analingus.
suffix: {{head}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Adjective intensifier.
assembler etymology From assemble + er. pronunciation
  • /əˈsɛmb(ə)lɚ/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (programming) A program that reads source code written in assembly language and produces executable machine code, possibly together with information needed by linkers, debuggers and other tools. This assembler is much faster than the old one.
  2. (programming, informal) Assembly language. I wrote that program in assembler.
  3. One who assemble items.
  4. (nanotechnology) A nanodevice capable of assembling nanodevices, possibly including copies of itself, according to a plan.
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Synonyms: (language) assembly, assembly language
related terms:
  • assemble
  • assembly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a contemptible person
  2. (vulgar) an ugly person
assfuck etymology ass + fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar): sodomy, anal sex, an act of anal intercourse.
    • Penthouse Magazine, Letters to Penthouse XII: It Just Gets Hotter (2001) p. 124: Too much wetness ruins a good assfuck. The friction is part of what gets me off.
    • Phyllis Coletta, Prior Bad Acts (2001) p. 43: And they go on, hanging around me in the pit, talking loudly about assfucks and who spits, who swallows, and how loud they can be when they come.
  2. (vulgar): A jerk.
    • Michael Amorel, Horror Between the Sheets (2005) p. cdxxxviii: He'd cruised in after work, the week's aggravating assfucks sloughed off...
    • Robert Montague, Amerikkka (2004): Can't anyone take a nice warm and relaxing bubblebath without some assfuck ruining it?!
    • Daniel Curzon, Collected Plays of Daniel Curzon (volume Vi) p. 199: Eat my dust, assfuck!
  3. (vulgar): An act of stunning betrayal.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To engage in anal intercourse.
    • Patrick Flynn, Agnes Among the Gargoyles (2001) p. 32: But she can't look away, either, when Barbara and Jack start to assfuck. To Agnes, it looks grotesque. The angle is wrong, like the angle of a broken limb.
  2. (vulgar) To betray.
    • Francis Dipietro, Nest: 28 Tales of Pulp Fiction (2000) p. 78: "You boys tried to assfuck me," he said softly, menacingly, "...and it backfired."
    • Meredith Sue Willis, Trespassers (1997) p. 218: We assfuck their minds.
assfucker etymology ass + fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) the giver in anal sex
  2. (vulgar, slang) a nasty, rude, mean, stupid or horrible person.
asshat pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈæshæt/
etymology From the slang expression have one's head up one's ass, thus, wearing the ass as a hat. The term is extended to people who are clueless or bumbling, who don't understand what is going on.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang, vulgar) An obnoxiously ignorant person; a fool.
    • 2007, John Hargrave, Prank the Monkey: The Zug Book of Pranks, Citadel Press, ISBN 0806527803, page 188, Anyone who would make a claim like this on national TV is a real asshat.
Synonyms: See also
  • hastas
  • Shasta
asshattery etymology asshat + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The obnoxious behaviour of an asshat.
    • Nathan Smithe, The Bible 2.0 It was such a momentous culmination of prophetic asshattery that even the elements themselves, Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, Toilet Cake, were forced to stand up and take notice.
    • 2005, Bitch: feminist response to pop culture (issues 27-30) … we can only speculate that Pratt's imminent departure is the reason her August editor's letter was so full of bitter, reader-insulting asshattery.
Synonyms: assclownery, assholery, douchebaggery, douchery
asshattish etymology asshat + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Like an asshat; obnoxiously foolish, rude, etc.
Synonyms: asshatty
asshattitude etymology asshat + itude
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang, derogatory) Behaviour of an asshat.
asshatty etymology asshat + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Like an asshat; obnoxiously foolish, rude, etc.
    • 2009, Nora Roberts, Vision in White, Berkley (2009), ISBN 9781101030509, unnumbered page: {{…}} My behavior was ass-hatty in the extreme. Everything I said was from the box of stupid I brought in with me. Since I can't take it back, you have to forgive me. You don't have a choice.”
    • 2012, E. Gabriella Coleman (quoting Encyclopedia Dramatica), "Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls: The Politics of Transgression and Spectacle", in The Social Media Reader (ed. Michael Mandiberg), New York University Press (2012), ISBN 9780814764053, page 112: Symptoms include being inconsiderate and generally asshatty to friends and family, the common offensive use of racial epithets, and a tendency to interfere in other people's business uninvited “for the laughs.”
    • 2013, Katie MacAlister, Time Thief, Signet (2013), ISBN 9781101603901, unnumbered page: Gregory will join the Watch and help you make Travellers less asshatty, {{…}}
Synonyms: asshattish
asshelmet etymology ass + helmet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, pejorative) Statement expressing that someone is so stupid, they use their ass as a helmet; a stronger insult than asshat. Repeated attempt and failure at simple and childish tasks. That (player) won't stop hitting me for no reason; such an asshelmet.
asshole {{wikipedia}} etymology Variation of earlier arsehole, from Middle English arshole, arcehoole, equivalent to ass + hole. Cognate with Norwegian rasshøl, Swedish arsle. Compare also German Arschloch. Attested from the 1370s, replacing earlier Old English earsþerl. First recorded in Middle English, as ers hole (Glouc. Cath. Manuscript 19. No. I., dated 1379, cited after OED), ars-hole (Bodleian Ashmole MS. 1396, dated ca. 1400, ed. Robert Von Fleischhacker as Lanfrank's "Science of Cirurgie", EETS 102, 1894, cited after OED.) Slang figurative usage dates to the 20th century; it was used of an uninviting place (compare shithole) in the 1920s, and then of an anti-social or despicable person from at least the 1950s (Harvard Advocate 137, March 1954). It also also used appositionally (as in "You're an asshole moralist", T. Chamales, 1957). pronunciation
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Alternative forms: arsehole (UK, Australia, Newfoundland), basshole (bowdlerization)
noun: {{en-noun}} (US)
  1. (vulgar) The anus.
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    • 1954, Ira Wolfert, An Act of Love: A Completely Retold Version of the Novel, 3383103, page 54, “'You talk as if you were born without an asshole,' he cried to Commander Semmes.”
  2. (vulgar, pejorative) A jerk; an inappropriately or objectionably mean, inconsiderate, contemptible, obnoxious, intrusive, or rude person.
    • 1965, Jan Cremer, I, Jan Cremer, 11363300, page 78, “He philosophised all day about Morandi, Klee, Mird and Picasso, and was such an asshole that he spelled "cunt" with a "d".”
  3. (vulgar) An unpleasant or uninviting place.
    • 1976, Felix Goodson, Sweet Salt, 9780804811736, page 254, “You oughta have better sense than to trust anyone with anything in this asshole place.”
  4. (vulgar) By extension, anything unpleasant or undesirable. Often used apposition.
    • 1979, Ronald Sukenick, Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues, 9780914590606, page 83, “... but when he started bugging the bartender to shut the asshole TV off because he wanted to have a serious discussion...”
  5. (obsolete, Scotland and northern England) A receptacle under a fire grate for collecting ash.
    • 1775, Tim Bobbin [John Collier], The Miscellaneous Works of Tim Bobbin, Esq., 642300491, page 68, “Esshole, Asshole, the hole under the fire to hold ashes.”
  • Asshole is an American English form, the corresponding British English form is arsehole.
  • As a pejorative for persons, this term is less vulgar and intense than fucker. While not intrinsically gender-specific, it is primarily applied to men; gender-specific pejoratives such as bitch are often used for women.
Synonyms: See , , or .
related terms:
  • (a jerk or rude person) dumbass, assclown, asshat
assholedom etymology From asshole + dom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) The state of being an asshole, or objectionably antisocial person.
    • 2009, John Sanford, Rough Country, link Maybe, he thought, looking for an excuse, the realization of assholedom was the beginning of wisdom.
related terms:
  • assholery, assholeness
assholery Alternative forms: arseholery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Patterns of behavior consistent with that of an asshole.
    • 1973 — As the War's front moves away from them, and the Casino becomes more and more a rear area, as the water grows more polluted and the prices rise, so the personnel coming down on leave get noisier and more dedicated to pure assholery - none of Tantivy's style about them, his habit of soft-shoe dancing when drunk, his make-believe foppishness and shy, decent impulses to conspire, however marginally, whenever possible, against power and indifference. — , Gravity's Rainbow
    • 1973 — Decisions are never really made - at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all-round assholery. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
    • 1976 — Garp felt dishonest with Cushie for not mentioning what he took to, be the utter assholery of her father, Fat Stew. — , The World According to Garp
    • 1983 — It was a piece of utter assholery of course, like the stupid confidence of a man who believes it's safe to drive when totally shitfaced as long as he's wearing his St. Christopher's medallion. — , Pet Sematary
Synonyms: assclownery, asshattery, assholedom, assholism, douchebaggery, douchery
assholey etymology asshole + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, US, Canada) obnoxious inconsiderate or objectionable
assholic Alternative forms: arseholicAlternative forms: assholeic, asshole-ic etymology From asshole + ic.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, informal) Of, pertaining to, being, or being like an asshole; used as a term of abuse.
assholish etymology asshole + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, informal) Like an asshole; objectionable, confrontational, etc.
assholism Alternative forms: arseholismAlternative forms: assholeism, asshole-ism etymology asshole + ism. Attested in print from 1970 (by ), apparently from Beat Generation slang.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Consistently antisocial behavior.
    • "... I embraced him [ ] because of his vigor and contempt with all his assholism included" (Seymour Krim, Shake It For The World, Smartass, 1970, p. 30)
    • "I've often observed that assholeism tends to run in families." (J. T. Nichols, A ghost in the music, 1979, p. 18)
    • "Disputations on Art, Anarchy and Assholism" (book title, , 1997, ISBN 9780951441756)
Synonyms: assholedom, assholery
assimilate {{was wotd}} etymology From ll assimilātus, variant of Latin assimulātus, perfect passive participle of assimulō, from ad + simulō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /əˈsɪm.ɪ.leɪt/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To incorporate nutrient into the body, especially after digestion. Food is assimilated and converted into organic tissue.
    • Isaac Newton Hence also animals and vegetables may assimilate their nourishment.
  2. To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind. The teacher paused in her lecture to allow the students to assimilate what she had said.
    • Merivale His mind had no power to assimilate the lessons.
  3. To absorb a group of people into a community. The aliens in the science-fiction film wanted to assimilate human beings into their own race.
  4. To compare a thing to something similar.
  5. To bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between.
    • John Bright to assimilate our law to the law of Scotland
    • Cowper Fast falls a fleecy shower; the downy flakes / Assimilate all objects.
Synonyms: (To incorporate or absorb knowledge into the mind) process, (absorb a group of people into a community) integrate
ass juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Semen, saliva or other fluid lubricant present in the rectum
    • 2010, Michael Gleich, Sarge and the Sailor Boy The floor beneath them had a puddle of cock-snot and ass juice, slick as vanilla pudding. The two rookies groaned like jilted whores. Tim was still working the cop's dick like a woodpecker on steroids. Suit was a natural sucking machine.
ass kissing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) the practise of kissing ass; flattery; obsequious behavior
Synonyms: kiss-assing
assless etymology ass + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. without an ass
  2. (vulgar) devoid of sexual intercourse
  3. (of trousers or chaps) uncovered at the rear
ass-licker Alternative forms: asslicker, ass licker, arse-licker, arselicker, arse licker (British English)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Someone who succumb to authority, doing whatever authority figures ask and attempting to please them in every possible way.
  2. (vulgar) Someone who performs anilingus.
Synonyms: see also
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Sycophancy.
  2. (slang) Anilingus.
related terms:
  • ass-licker
asslifter etymology ass + lifter. Presumably from sujud, the deep bow done as part of the Muslim salat (daily prayers), which involves kneeling and lowering the upper body so that the hands, forehead, and nose touch the floor.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, vulgar, religious slur) A Muslim.
assload etymology From ass + load. Alternative forms: ass-load, ass load
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An amount carried by an ass or donkey.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 435: In agreement with Sultan Wais of Sawad there was laid on the Kahraj people an impost of four thousand assloads of rice for the use of the army, and he himself was sent to collect it.
  2. (slang, vulgar, US) A large amount.
  • Salados
  • sal soda
assmonkey Alternative forms: ass monkey etymology ass + monkey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or contemptible person; a jerk.
    • 2000, Martin DiPietro, "The Pull" in Nest: 28 Tales of Pulp Fiction , ISBN 0595140653, page 72: "Look," said Mayer, suddenly nervous, "there's no sense in acting like complete ass monkeys over this. I'm sure we can reach a mutually beneficial settlement."
    • 2002, Brian Rockstroh, Far From Grace , ISBN 0595222307, page 10: “You little assmonkey!” The kid danced away to the front of the car.
    • 2004, Stacey Cochran, The Band , ISBN 1411607589, page 188: "God, love," I said, "Annnnnd ... trampolines!" ¶ "You are such an assmonkey."
assmunch etymology ass + munch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Term of abuse. An insulting term meaning a despicable person
Synonyms: buttmunch, fart knocker
assmuncher etymology From ass + muncher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A despised person.
  • man crushes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An associate's degree.
association football
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A ball game played between two team of eleven player, each attempting to win by scoring more goal than their opponent.
Synonyms: football, footy (slang), soccer
assoline etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) fuel comprised of methane.
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  1. (informal) to land on one’s ass, buttocks (unintentionally) I assplanted in the parking lot.
ass pounding Alternative forms: ass-pounding
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figurative, slang, vulgar) An instance of brutal violence.
ass-pull Alternative forms: ass pull, asspull etymology From the phrase pull out of one's ass.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A hastily fabricated explanation or contrived plot twist.
asspussy etymology ass + pussy, implying the ass can be used like a pussy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, idiomatic) An ass, an anus.
    • 2009, John Patrick, Naughty by Nature, 34: I rammed it back home, fucked him on his hands and knees til the hot little asspussy must've danced another thirty feet, leaving a trail of pre-cum in the dust.
Synonyms: (anus) see
ass-rape Alternative forms: assrape, ass rape etymology ass + rape
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The act of forcing anal sex upon another person, without their consent and/or against their will.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To force anal sex upon another person, without their consent and/or against their will.
  2. (slang, vulgar) To dominate in a contest. My experienced opponent will ass-rape me at chess.
Synonyms: butt-rape
asstard etymology From asshole + retard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) An extremely stupid person, especially one who causes harm.
asstastic etymology ass + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Having exceptional-looking buttocks.
  2. (informal, vulgar) Of exceptionally low quality.
asstunnel etymology ass + tunnel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Rectum.
asswad etymology ass + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, slang, vulgar, derogatory) An obnoxious person; a jerk.
    • 2004, Catherine Trieschmann, crooked [play], Samuel French, 2009 American ed., ISBN 0-573-66385-8, p. 30: MARIBEL: You can't cussLANEY: I didn't cuss, I just said asswad.
    • 2006, Tara Ariano and Sarah D. Bunting, : 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) about TV, Quirk Books, ISBN 1-59474-117-4, p. 73: In later seasons of DC [], it seemed like the writers finally caught on to what we'd known all along: Dawson is an asswad [...].
assward etymology From ass + ward.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) Ass first; backward.
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related terms:
  • asswards
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, rare) A prostitute who is willing to do anal sex.
asswipe pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈæswaɪp/
etymology ass + wipe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An annoying, contemptible, or worthless person. He is such an asswipe!
    • 1996, Timothy Jay, What to Do When Your Students Talk Dirty page 207: ...they have been exchanging insults in writing: "dickhead," "dillweed," "fuzzbutt," "dorkwad," "asswipe," and so forth.
  2. (informal, vulgar) Toilet paper.
    • 1976, Micheal Clodfelter, The Pawns of Dishonor, Branden Press, ISBN 9780828315876, page 249: I rapidly expended my own and everyone else’s supply of tiny rolls of asswipe and was reduced to wiping my nasty behind with leaves and grass.
    • 1983, Nicholas Proffitt, Gardens of Stone, Carroll & Graf, ISBN 9780881840179, page 317: “… Into your packs you put your toilet articles, mess kits, extra socks, and skivvies and longjohns if you have them. If you have a roll of asswipe, put that in, too. …”
    • 2008, Joseph Heywood, Death Roe: A Woods Cop Mystery, Globe Pequot, ISBN 9781599214283, page 252: “I doubt a dime would buy a single square of asswipe in this city, …”
  3. (figuratively) A periodical which has the habit of publishing questionable truths. Our local paper is an asswipe.
Synonyms: (toilet paper) wipebreech, torchecul, arsewisp, bumfodder, tail-napkin, bunghole cleanser, wipe-breech
etymology 1 From ass + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Characteristic of or like an ass or asshole.
    • 2009, Jincy Willett, The Writing Class: Maybe "the assiest asshat in assville" wasn't as minty fresh as all that.
etymology 2 From ass + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like or resembling an ass; asinine.
    • 2009, Mary Hogan, Pretty Face: I am the assiest of all asses. I bray in my sleep.
etymology 3 Short for assembly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of assembly
    • 1984, Dan Poynter, The parachute manual: a technical treatise on aerodynamic decelerators (page 172) A manually operated 28' seat assy with a white C-8 canopy.
astorperious Alternative forms: asterperious etymology After the Astor family.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang, dated, rare, AAVE) stuck up; haughty
    • 1942, Zora Neale Hurston, A story in Harlem slang Too blamed astorperious. I just don't pay you no mind. Lay de skin on me!
astral plane {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (parapsychology, Theosophy) A supernatural plane of existence, propound by esoteric philosophies, some religious teachings, and New Age thought.
  2. (computing, slang, humorous) A Unicode plane (range spanning 65536 code point) above the
    • 2002, David Brownell, SAX2, O'Reilly Media (ISBN 9780596002374), page 110 If your application works with MathML, or in various languages whose character sets gained support in Unicode 3.1 through the so-called Astral Planes, you will need to know that what Java calls a char is not really the same thing as a Unicode character or an XML character.
    • 2002, Lars Marius Garshol, Re: Stupid Unicode/UTF-16 Question, comp.text.xml, Usenet The answer was UTF-16. Two blocks of 16-bit values were set aside for use as special values for encoding astral plane characters.
    • 2009, Mark Pilgrim, Dive Into Python 3, Apress (ISBN 9781430224167), page 55 UTF-16 encodes every character from O—65535 as 2 bytes; it then uses some dirty hacks if you actually need to represent the rarely used astral plane Unicode characters beyond 65535.
    • 2011, Tom Anderson, Efficient unicode string implementation was: Re: Why No Supplemental Characters In Character Literals?,, Usenet The astral planes include some such characters, notably in the CJK extensions, without which it is impossible to write some people's names correctly.
    • 2011, David Hunter, Jeff Rafter, et al. (6 other authors), Beginning XML, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9781118169353), page 134 Such characters are in the so-called “Astral Planes,” with a code point above U+FFFF.
    • 2012, MRAB, Re: Py 3.3, unicode / upper(), comp.lang.python, Usenet But not all codepoints are used equally. Those in the "astral plane", for example, are used rarely, so the vast majority of the time you would be using twice as much memory as strictly necessary.
    • 2014, Axel Rauschmayer, Speaking JavaScript, O'Reilly Media (ISBN 9781449365011), page 364 Let's assume you want to display a Unicode character via JavaScript that is in an astral plane (obviously, there is a risk when doing so: not all fonts support all such characters).
Synonyms: astral world, desire world
astrobabble etymology astro + babble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) worthless astrological talk
    • 1986, The Skeptical Inquirer (volume 11) More subtly, it kills off the very understanding that the real thing is supposed to promote and replaces it with tokens of understanding that have value only in an economy of free-floating, all-purpose astrobabble.
    • 1998, Sara Miles, Eric E. Rofes, Opposite sex: gay men on lesbians, lesbians on gay men (page 28) Fluent in astrobabble. Flagrantly philosophical. Fiery for redheads. Awaiting adventure. All femmes need apply.
    • 2007, Johanna Edwards, How to Be Cool Dad's astrobabble theory is annoying, but at least it does the trick. Mom lets it drop for now.
astro-boffin etymology astro + boffin
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  1. (UK, Australia, informal) An expert in a field relating to the star, especially astronomy.
    • 2006, Jonathan Green, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em", The Age, 19 August 2006: Perhaps while confirming the diminution of Pluto's status, the astro-boffins might like to consider a name change for the U-planet.
    • 2007, Mark Kermode, "2007: a scorching new space odyssey", The Observer, 25 March 2007: Space travel turns into a journey to hell. 'I created the Event Horizon to reach the stars!' burbles Sam Neill's astro-boffin. 'But she's gone much further than that - to a dimension of pure chaos, pure evil!'
    • 2008, Andy McNab, "Let's make-up", 4men, 10 April 2008: 'The birth of new galaxies' - I'll produce unlimited copy, that'll leave the entire astro-boffin community scratching their heads in disbelief as they're forced to re-evaluate the whole time/space continuum...
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astronomer {{wikipedia}} etymology From astronomy + er. pronunciation
  • /əstɹɑnəmɚ/, /əstɹɒnəmə/
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  1. One who studies astronomy, the star or the physical universe; a scientist whose area of research is astronomy or astrophysics
Synonyms: astro-boffin (UK)
related terms:
  • Astronomer Royal
  • ramosetron
asylum etymology From Latin asylum. pronunciation
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  • /əˈsaɪləm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place of safety.
  2. The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
  3. A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. … When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
Synonyms: sanctuary, shelter
asynchronous Alternative forms: asynch (colloquial) pronunciation
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  1. Not synchronous; occurring at different times.
  2. (computing, of a request or a message) Allowing the client to continue during processing.
  3. (computing, communication) Having many actions occurring at a time, in any order, without waiting for each other.
Synonyms: metachronous
  • synchronous
as you do etymology Probably a contraction of as one normally does, or something similar.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, jocular) Used to indicate an unusual situation. I was memorising the dictionary, as you do, when I came across a strange word I had never seen before. I was riding a yak up the Himalayas, as you do, when I noticed I wasn't wearing any underwear.
at {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English at, from Old English æt, from Proto-Germanic *at, from Proto-Indo-European *ád. Cognate with Scots at, Northern Frisian äät, äit, et, it, Danish at, Faroese at, Norwegian åt, Swedish åt, Icelandic , Gothic 𐌰𐍄 〈𐌰𐍄〉, Latin ad. pronunciation
  • (stressed) {{enPR}}, /æt/
  • (unstressed) /ət/
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preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. In or very near a particular place. exampleat that precise position;  at Jim’s house at that precise position;  at Jim’s house〉
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.
  2. (indicating time) Simultaneous, during. exampleat six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night. at six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night.〉
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  3. In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner). exampleHe threw the ball at me.  He shouted at her.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  4. Occupied in (activity). examplemen at work
  5. Indicates a position on a scale or in a series. exampleSell at 90.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
  6. Because of. exampleto laugh at a joke
  7. Holding a given speed or rate. exampleIt is growing at the rate of 3% a year.  {{nowrap}}
  8. In a state of. exampleShe is [[at sixes and sevens|at sixes and sevens]] with him.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
  9. (Ireland, stressed pronunciation) bothering, irritating, causing discomfort to
    • 1995 Keith Wood, quoted in David Hughes, "Wood odds-on to take one against the head", in The Independent (London) 18 January: I think `Jesus, my back is at me'. Then I get the ball. Off you go for 10 yards and you don't feel a thing. Then you stop and think: `Jesus, it's at me again'[.]
    • 2014 Marian Keyes "Antarctic Diary - Part 2" personal website (January 2014): He seems to be saying. “Ah, go on, you’re making the other lads feel bad.” But the 4th fella says, “No. Don’t be ‘at’ me. I’m just not in the form right now, I’ll stay where I am, thanks.”
  • He threw the ball to me — (so I could catch it).
  • He threw the ball at me — (trying to hit me with it).
  • He talked to her — (conversationally).
  • He shouted at her — (aggressively).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the @ symbol.
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  • ta, TA, T.A.
at a pinch etymology at + a + pinch pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌæ.təˈpɪnʃ/
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (AU, NZ, British, informal, idiomatic) By the skin of one’s teeth; only just; Deo volente; perhaps; if you’re lucky.
  2. (idiomatic) In an urgent or difficult situation; when no other solution is available.
Synonyms: in a pinch
  • aphantic
at church every time the doors are open Alternative forms: at church every time the doors swing open, in church every time the doors are open
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  1. (Christianity, somewhat colloquial) religious to the point of excess; ridiculous religious
    • 2007, Patrick Irish, The Day God Asked Me a Question I was at church every time the doors were open. I started learning more about the Bible and even got baptized in the back of the church in a toddler pool.
    • 2010, Mark Atteberry, Let It Go: Come Home from Your Guilt Trip, page 70 I am ashamed to admit it now, but for years I operated under the assumption that Christians who didn't show up at church every time the doors were open were somehow lacking in spirituality.
A team Alternative forms: A-team
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  1. (sports) The best of a set of team in a single club. The A team are playing away this Saturday.
  2. (informal) The group or team which performs its work most effective; a very good team. It looks like the A team are on duty tonight - I've never seen the hall cleared so quickly!
In sports, teams are often labeled, A team, B team, C team, etc. or 1st, 2nd 3rd. In informal usage, only "A team" is used.
  • amate
atheism {{wikipedia}} {{wikiquote}} etymology 16th century French athéisme, from athée, a loan from Ancient Greek ἄθεος 〈átheos〉, from ἀ- 〈a-〉 + θεός 〈theós〉. First English attestation dates to 1587 (OED). pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪθiɪzəm/
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  1. (narrowly) Belief that no deities exist (sometimes including rejection of other religious beliefs).
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  2. (broadly) Rejection of belief that any deities exist (with or without a belief that no deities exist).
    • 1857 , Modern Atheism: under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws , James , Buchanan , James Buchanan (minister) , Boston , Gould and Lincoln , 365 , , The theory of Secularism is a form, not of dogmatic, but of skeptical, Atheism; it is dogmatic only in denying the sufficiency of the evidence for the being and perfections of God. It does not deny, it only does not believe, His existence.
    • 1896 , Theism or Athiesm: Which is the more reasonable? , George William , Foote , George William Foote , Lee, W. T. , R. Forder , London , 17 , First Night , , ...but Atheism per se simply means, not denial, but rejection, in the sense of not accepting the Theistic theory of the universe which Mr. Lee has put forward tonight.
  3. (very broadly) Absence of belief that any deities exist (including absence of the concept of deities).
    • 1829 , John , Wesley , Sermons, on Several Occasions , 10th , 2 , 373 , What can parents do, and mothers more especially, … with regard to the atheism that is natural to all the children of men?
    • 1979 , George H. , Smith , George H. Smith , Atheism: The Case Against God , Prometheus , Buffalo, New York , 978-0879751241 , 79002726 , {{LCC}} , 7 , ''Atheism, in its basic form, is not a belief; it is the absence of belief. An [[atheist]] is not primarily a person who believes that a god does not exist; rather, he does not believe'' in the existence of a god.
  4. (loosely, uncommon) Absence of belief in a particular deity, pantheon, or religious doctrine (notwithstanding belief in other deities).
    • 1995 , The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism , McBrien, Richard P. , keyword Domitilla, Flavia , HarperCollins , 9780060653385 , 431 , , Domitilla, Flavia, niece of the emperor Domitian (81-96). She and her husband, Flavius Clemens (consul in 95 and cousin of Domitian), were probably Christians; charged with atheism and adoption of Jewish ways, they were punished (95) with death (Clemens) and exile (Domitilla).
    • 2010 , Ross , Thompson , Buddhist Christianity: A Passionate Openness , O-Books , 978-1846943362 , 260 , , Sacrificial religion becomes redundant – which is why Christianity did indeed have a reputation in the ancient world for atheism: it rejected the key duty humans are thought to owe to the gods, namely sacrifice.
The term may refer either to:
  • (rejection of belief) an explicit rejection of belief, with or without a denial that any deities exist (),
  • (absence of belief) an absence of belief in the existence of any deities ( or ),
  • (affirmative belief) an explicit belief that no gods exist ( or ).
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  • atheist
  • atheistic
  • atheistical
  • atheistically
  • atheisticalness
  • atheophobia
atheist {{wikipedia}} etymology From French athéiste (athée + -iste), from Latin atheos, from Ancient Greek ἄθεος 〈átheos〉, from ἀ- 〈a-〉 + θεός 〈theós〉.. pronunciation
  • /ˈeɪθiɪst/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (narrowly) A person who believes that no deities exist (especially).
    • 1571-10-20 , Arthur , Golding , The Epistle Dedicatory , Psalmes of Dauid and others, with M. John Caluin's Commentaries , , Ageine, the Atheistes, which say in their hartes there is no God; …
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  2. (broadly) A person who rejects belief that any deities exist (whether or not that person believes that deities do not exist).
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    • 2006-09-18 , Richard , Dawkins , The God Delusion , Houghton Mifflin , Boston , The God Hypothesis , 51 , 1st Am. , 978-0618680009 , 2006015506 , {{LCC}} , 7606171M , , Very low probability, but short of zero. [[de facto|De facto]] atheist. ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’
  3. (loosely) A person who has no belief in any deities, such as a person who has no concept of deities.
    • 1772 , Le Bon-Sens, ou, Idées Naturelles opposées aux Idées Surnaturelles , Paul Henry Thiry baron d'Holbach , 2004 , Good Sense without God: Or Freethoughts Opposed to Supernatural Ideas , London , W. Stewart , §30 , 21 , , All children are born Atheists; they have no idea of God. Are they then criminal on account of their ignorance?
    • 1910 , The Vermont Digest 1789-1905 , Free Press Printing Co , Burlington , 2 , , Atheists. One who does not believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, an atheist, is incompetent as a witness, being incapable of being sworn. [...] Changed by Acts of 1851, No. 12 (P. S. 1593), under which, no question can be raised as to a witness's "opinions on matters of religious belief."
  4. (loosely, uncommon) A person who does not believe in a particular deity (or any deity in a particular pantheon), notwithstanding that they may believe in another deity.
    • 1840 , Edward , Gibbon , Edward Gibbon , The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , new , 1 , 16 , 183 , Malice and pejudice concurred in representing the christians{{SIC}} as a society of atheists, who, by the most daring attack on the religious constitution of the empire, had merited the severest animadversion of the civil magistrate.
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  • atheism
  • atheistic
  • atheistical
  • atheophobia
  • pantheist
  • polytheist
  • theist
  • monotheist
Synonyms: nontheist
  • theist
  • (neologism) bright
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to atheists or atheism; atheistic.
    • {{circa}} , , He would have been seven times more Epicure and atheist than he was.
  • staithe
at length
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. For a long time. He went on at length about his supposed qualifications.
  2. (formal or dated) At last, finally. She led us through the tunnels for some time, until at length we reached a small door in the rock.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4 How long I slept I cannot tell, for I had nothing to guide me to the time, but woke at length, and found myself still in darkness.
  3. (archaic) In full; without omission or abbreviation.
    • 1800, Francis Vincent, United States Register (page 4) The proceedings of Congress are not given, since they are inserted at length in the "Congressional Globe;" but the principal bills are noticed under the date of their passage.

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