Definition of arse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɑːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrs//
    (British English, taboo, slang)
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  1. 1(North American English ass) the part of the body that you sit on; your bottom Get off your arse! (= stop sitting around doing nothing)
  2. 2(usually following an adjective) a stupid person see also smart-arse
  3. Word OriginOld English ærs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aars and German Arsch.Idioms (taboo, slang) used by some people to show they do not believe what somebody has said
    kiss somebody’s arse (British English) (North American English kiss somebody’s ass, kiss ass)
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    (taboo, slang) to be very nice to somebody in order to persuade them to help you or to give you something A more polite way to express this is lick somebody’s boots.
    lick somebody’s boots (taboo, slang lick somebody’s arse)
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    (disapproving) to show too much respect for somebody in authority because you want to please them synonym crawl
    not know your arse from your elbow
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    (British English, taboo, slang) to be very stupid or completely lacking in skill
    a pain in the neck (British English also a pain in the arse/backside) (North American English also a pain in the ass/butt)
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    (informal) a person or thing that is very annoying
    (taboo, slang) to work very hard