Asshole (or arsehole in British English) is slang for the anus and is also used as a word to hurt people's feelings. It's made up from the word arse, which has been used for a long time as another name for the anus. This was first added to the word hole about 1500 in books, but may have been used in talking a long time before that. By the 1970s, Hustler magazine featured people they did not like as "Asshole of the month."
How it is used [change]
Asshole is mainly used as a bad word towards someone that the speaker does not like. Men are often called asshole more than women, who are often called cunts instead.
Political usage [change]
Rock songs using the word asshole [change]
Similar words [change]
Words similar to asshole are asshat, assclown, asstard, asspat and asspit.
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- "A "major league asshole"". Salon.com. 09-04-2000. http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2000/09/04/cuss_word/.