The original variant of the vulgar word "ass" in American English.

Etymology:

Until the Victorian period, "ass" had no profane meaning and simply referred to what we now call the donkey. Because of the increasingly non-rhotic nature of standard British English, "arse" was often rendered "ass". The age of Victorian propriety resulted in the rechristening of the horse-like animal, changing the name to "donkey" to avoid any improper inferences. This usage was also adopted in America, which is why the word "arse" is not usually used in the United States. Some people in Britain have adopted the American version in writing. Although before World War I they were similar, the British pronunciations of "ass" (IPA /æs/) and "arse" (IPA /α:s/) are now quite different.

Source: Wikipedia.

Sorry, but "ass" just sounds more pleasantly vulgar.
Linguistic elitist Briton arses, like the ones on this definition, are known for their pathetic uses of etymology to try and insult the intellect of Americans and -- in this particular case -- Canadians.
by Shreve Lamb and Harmon September 28, 2005
Arse
Arse refers to the buttocks or in the case of arsehole, the anus, in British English.

In most contexts it is the equivalent to Ass in American English, but is not a direct replacement.

Arse is a four letter anglo saxon word. It is earthy, profound and very functional both as a term for parts of the body and as a term of abuse.
In Countries that speak British English it is considered a little less profound and offensive that 'certain other' well-known four letter words, but still wouldn't be used in polite company.

In American English speaking countries ‘arse’ is sometimes used as a more polite or less offensive version of ass.

In British English ass has been used until recently only to refer to a wild donkey.

Because a wild donkey is stupid and stubborn, ass is used in British English speaking countries as a term of abuse too, but the meaning is subtly different to arse.

Hence ‘stubborn ass’, as in ‘stubborn as a mule’. Similarly: stupid ass and silly ass,

"Don't be such an ass"! Is different in meaning to "Don't be such an arse"! In British English.

The sentence "I hate that arse, he is such a stubborn ass" makes sense in British English. It makes no sense in American English.

Sometimes people who speak British English use the word 'ass' to refer to the buttocks, too. This is a recent development either because they think it is cool to use America slang (too much television, maybe) or they do not wish to swear, in which case 'ass' is considered a soft alternative, considered suitable by some for children or old ladies.

Arse is more versatile than ass, being the root for such words as 'arsey', 'arseing' and 'arsed'.

Arsey: To be rude or unco-operative.
Arseing: As in 'Arseing around', to fool around or be silly.
Arsed: To take the trouble to do something, as in "I can't be arsed to do that"
Examples:

"Get off your fat arse you lazy ass"

"Stop arseing around"

"If you weren't such a stubborn ass you would have got some cream for your sore arse"

"You just shot that ass in the arse!"

"I say arse because I speak British English, not because I'm frightened of swearing, you silly ass!"

"You lazy ass, you just can't be arsed, can you?", "Don't you get arsey with me!", "Well, stop arseing around, then!"
by SAHBfan on Dec 17, 2008

by SAHBfan December 22, 2008
The correct spelling for a persons buttocks or behind.

The Americans are stupid and spell it "ass" like a donkey.

This term can also be used to insult.
"My arse is huge!"

"Stop being such an arse."
by andrew March 02, 2005
The word for a persons rear end spoken by people who use correct english
Americans are so dumb that they cannot pronounce a word in their own language.
They say 'ass' for 'arse'
Ass is a synonym for Donkey. Poor Donkey!
by TATMD November 25, 2014
English variant of "ass"
Get your arse off my pillow. I don't want to smell your butt when I sleep.
by Bungalow Bill January 30, 2002
1. Posterior
2. Displeasure
1. Get off your lazy arse.
2. E.g. (drops toast butter side up) "Arse!"
by bonzo February 09, 2004
Gaelic in origins.

Is the origin of the word 'ass', after the language was grunt-futtocked by dissident colonists (Americans).

Arse used in UK, Australia and New Zealand. Means 'the backside'.

One of father jack's prophecies
Drink! Feck! Arse! Girls!

Australians wouldn't be so bad if they got off their arses and did something.
by Milo Merchant September 24, 2004

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