What does arse mean?

Definitions for arse

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word arse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, assnoun

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  2. arse, arsehole, asshole, bungholenoun

    vulgar slang for anus


  1. arsenoun

    The buttocks.

  2. arsenoun

    (not used in US, Canada) A stupid, mean or despicable person.

  3. arseverb

    To be silly, act stupid or mess around.

    Stop arsing around!

  4. arseverb

    To have the effort to do something, to be bothered.

  5. Etymology: ærs, ears, from arsaz. Cognate with Dutch aars and German Arsch. Ultimately from orse (according to Julius Pokorny and Carl Darling Buck).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Arsenoun

    The buttocks, or hind part of an animal.

    Etymology: earse, Sax.


  1. arse

    "Arse" is a British English slang term primarily used to refer to the buttocks or posterior. It can also be used to refer to a person in a derogatory or contemptible manner. The American English equivalent is "ass".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arsenoun

    the buttocks, or hind part of an animal; the posteriors; the fundament; the bottom

  2. Etymology: [AS. ears; rs; akin to OHG. ars. G. arsch, D. aars, Sw. ars, Dan. arts, Gr. (cf. o'yra` tail).]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arse

    ärs, n. the posterior parts of an animal.—adv. and adj. Ars′y-vers′y, backside foremost, contrary. [A.S. ears; Ger. arsch, Sw. ars; cog. with Gr. orros.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'arse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3275

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arse in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of arse in a Sentence

  1. Rajan:

    A slip of the tongue is not the fault of the mind a kick on the arse will bring back the mind

  2. The Briton:

    It's easy for you to sit and watch the race. I sweat my arse off in that race. I pushed absolutely 100, 1,000 per cent. Every bit of energy I had, i didn't have anything left when I came in. People expect you to get out of the car and wave and smile and all that. I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand. It's so physical nowadays.

  3. Giorgio Armani:

    If a lady walks on the street and sees an ad with a woman with her boobs and arse in plain sight and she wants to be like that too, that's a way of raping her, you can rape a woman in many ways, either by throwing her in the basement or by suggesting that she dresses in a certain way.

  4. E. E. Cummings:

    A politician is an arse upon which everybody has sat except a man

  5. Frank McCourt:

    Teacher my arse. I'd be better off on the docks and the warehouses, lifting, hauling, cursing, eating hero sandwiches, drinking beer, chasing waterfront floozies. At least I'd be with my own kind, my own class of people, not getting above meself, acushla.

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