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{{11}}ass (n.1) beast of burden, O.E. assa (Old Northumbrian assal, assald) "he-ass," probably from O.Celt. *as(s)in "donkey," which (with Ger. esel, Goth. asilus, Lith. asilas, O.C.S. osl) is ultimately from L. asinus, probably of Middle Eastern origin (Cf. Sumerian ansu). Since ancient Greek times, in fables and parables, the animal typified clumsiness and stupidity (hence asshead, late 15c., etc.). To make an ass of oneself is from 1580s. Asses' Bridge (c.1780), from L. Pons Asinorum, is fifth proposition of first book of Euclid's "Elements."
For al schal deie and al schal passe, Als wel a Leoun as an asse. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1393]
In Middle English, someone uncomprehending or unappreciative would be lik an asse that listeth on a harpe. In 15c., an ass man was a donkey driver.
{{12}}ass (n.2) slang for "backside," first attested 1860 in nautical slang, in popular use from 1930; chiefly U.S.; from dialectal variant pronunciation of ARSE (Cf. arse) (q.v.). The loss of -r- before -s- attested in several other words (e.g. burst/bust, curse/cuss, horse/hoss, barse/bass). Indirect evidence of the change from arse to ass can be traced to 1785 (in euphemistic avoidance of ass "donkey" by polite speakers) and perhaps to Shakespeare, if Nick Bottom transformed into a donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1594) is the word-play some think it is. Meaning "woman regarded as a sexual object" is from 1942. Colloquial (one's) ass "one's self, one's person" attested by 1958.

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  • ASS — (Heb. חֲמוֹר, ḥamor), in the Talmud the feminine form ḥamorah occurs, or aton whose colt is called ayir. The ass belongs to the genus Equus to which belong the horse and the wild ass. Various strains exist in Ereẓ Israel. The most common is small …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ass — S2 [æs] n [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 Ars, ears] 1.) not polite a stupid, annoying person = ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ASS — steht für: Ass (Spielkarte), eine Spielkarte Ass (Sport), einen nicht parierten Aufschlag bei einigen Ballsportarten wie Tennis, Volleyball oder Faustball das sogenannte Flieger Ass, einen erfolgreichen Jagdflugzeugpiloten Hole in one, das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ass — [ æs ] noun ▸ 1 part of body you sit on ▸ 2 stupid/annoying person ▸ 3 animal like a horse ▸ 4 for emphasizing orders ▸ 5 sexual activity ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count IMPOLITE the part of your body that you sit on. British usually arse 2. ) count a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Ass — steht für: Ass (Spielkarte), eine Spielkarte einen nicht parierten Aufschlag bei einigen Ballsportarten wie Tennis, Volleyball oder Faustball das sogenannte Fliegerass, einen „erfolgreichen“ Jagdflugzeugpiloten Hole in one, das Spielen einer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ass — Ass, n. [OE. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen, asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. ?; also to AS. esol, OHG. esil, G. esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. [ae]sel, Lith. asilas, Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel. The word is prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ass — may refer to: *Ass (animal) or donkey ** Asinus *Buttocks, in colloquial usage * Ass (album), by Badfinger *ASS (car), a French car made from 1919 to 1920 *ASS (gene), a human gene that encodes for the enzyme argininosuccinate synthetase… …   Wikipedia

  • Ass. — Ass. 〈Abk. für〉 Assessor, Assistent * * * Ass. = Assessor; Assistent. * * * Ass.,   Abkürzung für Assessor, Assessorin. * * * Ass. = Assessor; Assistent …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ass — Ass: Das Wort bezeichnete ursprünglich die »Eins« auf Würfeln, später auch auf Spielkarten. Weil das Ass in den meisten Kartenspielen die höchste ‹Trumpf›karte ist, nennt man heute (nach engl. Vorbild) im übertragenen Gebrauch z. B. auch einen… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • ass — ass1 [as] n. [ME asse < OE assa, assen: prob. < OIr assan or Welsh asyn, both < L asinus] 1. any of a number of horselike perissodactylous mammals (family Equidae) having long ears and a short mane, esp. the common wild ass (Equus… …   English World dictionary

  • ASS — Abreviatura de agencia de sistemas sanitarios. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico


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