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Etymology

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From Middle English arce-hoole, equivalent to arse +‎ hole. Compare Old English ears-þyrel (anus, literally arse-hole).

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Noun

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arsehole (countable and uncountable, plural arseholes)

  1. (British, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada (regional), mildly vulgar) The anus.
    The moment I sat on the toilet, my crap immediately came out of my arsehole.
    • 1986, Keri Hulme, The Knife and the Stone: Te Kaihau: The Windeater, page 103:
      Second cut, quick flash to the anus careful not to cut any sacs of roe. Then hold up the slimed thing and quickly slit down the other side to the arsehole again.
    • 1994, G. C. Scott, His Mistress's Voice, 2010 eBook, unnumbered page,
      Harriet waited until she was still before striking her again, this time vertically, on the arsehole.
    • 2002, Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White, Part 4: The Bosom of the Family, page 533,
      Lessons aren't due to resume until two, and Sugar is longing for the respite, if only for the opportunity to remedy her physical discomforts – numb, half-frozen feet, armpits clammy with sweat, a sore and itchy arsehole.
  2. (mildly vulgar, offensive) An inconsiderate or mean-spirited person. Less vulgar and intense than fucker or cunt.
    Shut up, you big dummy! – Hey! Don't call me “big dummy”, you arsehole!
    • 2006, Donna Moore, Go to Helena Handbasket[1], page 55:
      “He's dead, you arsehole!” I yelled at the top of my lungs, determined to get a word in edgeways.
    • 2007, Bernice Friesen, The Book of Beasts[2], page 345:
      “Marilyn, ye must know that he was an arsehole as well as an idiot. Everyone must tell you that.”
    • 2009, Ozzy Osbourne, I Am Ozzy, unnumbered page:
      But I said to her, ‘Look, I don't know what your real feelings are towards your father, but I strongly advise you, if you've got anything to say to him, even if it's just to call him an arsehole again, do it now. []
  3. (UK, Ireland, vulgar, uncountable) A variant of the card game big two.
  4. (vulgar) Alternative form of asshole (anything unpleasant or undesirable)

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