Green’s Dictionary of Slang

asshole n.

[ass n. (2) + SE hole/hole n.1 (1); see also arsehole n.]

1. the anus.

implied in sense 2.
[US]Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: But how could I shit while there on the ground, / My snatch was so stretched no ass hole could be found.
[UK]T.S. Eliot ‘Columbo Bolo Verses’ Inventions of the March Hare in Ricks (1996) 318: Columbo and his merry men / They went to storm a castle / A bullet came along the road / And up Columbo’s asshole.
[US]H.N. Cary Sl. of Venery.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 491: They got their assholes all mixed up, / It made them awful sore / To have to wear an asshole home / They’d never worn before.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 150: He was like a dodo which buries its head in the sand and whistles out of its ass-hole.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 34: Tell me why you bother cultivating that weed under your nose when it grows wild in your ass-hole?
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 762: And your muscles ached and toughened [...] And your asshole ached and tightened, when you thought about a woman.
[US]H. Huncke in Huncke’s Journal (1998) 8: Darting into the anus — licking the asshole — wetting the genitals.
[US]L. Kramer Faggots 17: Fuck my friend and I’ll suck your come out of his asshole. [Ibid.] 153: Put me down before you split my asshole, you asshole!
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 92: The face doth resemble the asshole of an elephant.
[US](con. 1960s) G. Washington Blood Brothers 86: I want that dog to suffer by putting a hot poker up his asshole.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 77: One more time, motherfucker [...] and I’ll pull your asshole right out through your mouth!

2. the least appetizing, poorest, most run-down and poss. dangerous area of a city or town or place.

[UK]J. Horrocks letter in My Dear Parents 23 Aug. 152: Captain Brooks [...] says that if the world was a bull this would be the ‘ass hole.’.
[US] in E. Wilson Prelude (1967) 274: The ass-hole of the Army.
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 195: The freight was tied up in that union pacific asshole of a place.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 56: Anything’s better than that ass-hole of the world.
[US]La Motta, Carter & Savage Raging Bull 38: This was a real poverty-stricken area in the asshole of upper Manhattan.
[US]M. Braly False Starts 91: California’s the asshole of the universe.
[Aus]Hackworth & Sherman About Face (1991) 133: Pusan was the asshole of the universe, a drab, dirty war town where the sun didn’t shine.
[US]J. Robinson Gospel of the Game 7: Venture with me into this unknown void of darkeness and danger [...] this abcess within the asshole of the world.
[US]E. McNamara ‘Authenti City’ in ThugLit Sept. [ebook] [A] dipped roast-beef sandwich institution deep in the asshole of Brooklyn.

3. a fool, a derog. description of a subject.

[US] in V. Randolph Pissing in the Snow (ms 1951) 106: It looks to me like the Almighty just throwed all them ass-holes together, and made the Easton family.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 237: A Cornell man, a Deke, a perfect ass-hole.
[US]Kerouac letter 12 Oct. in Charters I (1995) 382: To have a real asshole like Cassady come along & con me like a yokel into listening to his crap.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 297: That assholia calls himself runnin’ a gin mill.
[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 65: Shit, this is the first time I ever read anything good about us [...] and you try to tell me the guy’s an asshole.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 34: Okay, don’t listen. Be a big asshole.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 186: I can’t believe I’m actually driving to Harlem to listen to this asshole.
[UK](con. 1960) P. Theroux My Secret Hist. (1990) 111: You and your friends will never get piles, because you’re perfect assholes.
[US] Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 55: I thought you told those fuckin’ assholes never to call this late.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 28 Jan. 10: My job requires mostly masking my contempt for the assholes in charge.
[US]E. Weiner Drop Dead, My Lovely (2005) 191: He’s kind of an asshole. But not stupid.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 43: Any asshole can get lucky once in a while.
[US]Chicago Trib. 17 May TAB-6/1: He also referred to the pothole by [...] dergatory names [...] shit-face, wheel-whore, and stupidf asshole.
[UK]Guardian G2 3 July 6/2: I was being an asshole.
[US]P. Beatty Sellout (2016) 22: Those pro-bono assholes who believe in the system.
[US]D. Winslow ‘Broken’ in Broken 22: This Oscar asshole is new.
[Ire]P Howard Braywatch 270: ‘I will show her video of you fucking this Delma woman like sick asshole’.

4. a general term of address.

[US]T. Whitmore Memphis-Nam-Sweden 181: Asshole, how did you fuck up this time?
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 24: Ninety cents each, asshole.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 14: ‘What the fuck did you join the Marine Corps for, asshole.’ I’d ask them.
[US]C. Fleming High Concept 102: A triumphant Datig said to Simpson, ‘There, asshole’.
[US]P. Roth Human Stain 215: Asshole! I don’t care what the fuck they are! They count as gooks!
[Aus]B. Matthews Intractable [ebook] My pain-fogged brain could faintly decipher frenzied screams of ‘cunt’, ‘bastard’, ‘asshole’, ‘maggot’.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 31: I’m from New Zealand, asshole. Don’t ever call me an Australian again.
[US]S.M. Jones August Snow [ebook] ‘Nice night to be somewhere else, isn’t it, asshole?’ I said.

5. (N.Z. prison, also anus hole) the observation hole in a prison door.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 7/1: anus hole (also ass hole) n. an inspection hole in a cell door.

6. see asshole buddy

In derivatives

ass-holer (n.)

a sodomite, thus a male homosexual.

[UK]Observer 8 Jan. n.p.: It’s about sex [...] lots of it, mainly between ass-holers [...] referred to as he-whores.
assholiness (n.)

the quality of being a fool or otherwise socially unacceptable individual.

[US]Room of One’s Own 7:1-2 138: I am an asshole, Angel, ask anyone. There are times my assholiness is equalled only by that of the Pope.
[US]D. Sedaris When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2009) 220: If that had seemed the last word in assholiness, this was a close second.
assholeish (adj.)

(US) unpleasant, poss. deliberately so.

[US]T. Rivera This Migrant Earth 70: ‘[I]t’s a fucking assholish life, too. But no less than we deserve for being the assholes that we are’.
Buzzfeed 19 July 🌐 ‘Asshole culture is promoted at Uber,’ said a recently departed employee. ‘You’ve got to be a certain assholeish type of personality, otherwise you’re considered weak’.

In compounds

asshole bandit (n.)

1. (US) a Greek (immigrant).

[US]PADS 38-42 48: Greeks are called grikola, perhaps from schoolboy Latin agricola, and asshole bandit, probably with reference to the folklore of Hellenic culture.

2. (US gay) an anilinguist.

[US] (ref. to early 1950s) B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 172: an ass-licker [...] asshole bandit (early ’50s).
[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 asshole bandit: 1. one who is into anilingus.

3. (US gay) in anal intercourse, the active partner; thus used derog. for a predatory homosexual male.

[US]J.D. Wright Second Chance 171: The homosexual classic in the institution happens when a young boy [...] is in awe and fear of a known muscular asshole bandit and suddenly finds himself mysteriously transferred into the bandit’s cell.
[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 asshole bandit: [...] 2. in anal intercourse the top man who fucks, as opposed to the one who is getting fucked.

4. (US) a derog. term for a male homosexual (cf. arsehole bandit under arsehole n.).

[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 62: We had the guy pegged for an asshole bandit.
asshole-breath (n.)

a term of contempt.

[US](con. 1967) P. Conroy Lords of Discipline 410: Can you believe ol’ asshole-breath is going to be married Saturday?
asshole buddy (n.) [buddy n.]

1. (also A-hole buddy, asshole) an extremely close friend.

[US]M. Horowitz ‘Sl. of the American Paratrooper’ in AS XXIII:3/4 319: asshole buddy. Comrade-in-arms.
[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 123: He my ass-hole buddy, ain’t he?
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 319: While you’re out there, fighting for mom’s apple pie, your A-hole buddy [...] is raking in the old mazooma.
[US]L.F. Cooley Run For Home (1959) 104: What’s the matter, kid? Don’t you want to be asshole buddies?
[US]T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 8: Me and all the ass-holes [...] like from ass-hole buddies.
[US]J. Baldwin Blues for Mister Charlie 17: Medridian, you know that Mister Parnell ain’t going to let them arrest his ass-hole buddy.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 133: Big asshole buddies with my brother.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 1246: He was asshole buddies with too many of the people in the palace guard.
[US]W.J. Caunitz One Police Plaza 230: Everyone in the Job knows you two are asshole buddies.
[US]R. Price Clockers 547: Me and you, we got to be like asshole buddies.
[US]N. Green Angel of Montague Street (2004) 215: Here, okay, we wouldn’t even look at each other, but in Saigon we’re asshole buddies.
[US]R. Price Lush Life 81: So he didn’t comment at all. Maybe to his asshole buddy Steve .
[US]G. Pelecanos (con. 1972) What It Was 36: It didn’t matter [....] if they were asshole buddies or not.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] They don’t know their asshole buddies in the Cimino family handed fifty keys of smack to the Dominicans.

2. (US gay) a normally heterosexual man who, deprived for whatever reason of women, enjoys anal intercourse, whether as an active or passive partner.

[US]J. Blake letter 7 Sept. in Joint (1972) 221: To see them asshole buddies rather soured my outlook.
[US]H. Max Gay (S)language 2: Asshole buddies — heterosexual men who, when isolated from women, alternate as active and passive partners in anal intercourse.
[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 asshole buddy: 1. two who are not lovers but come together for sexual gratification. 2. two who are not lovers but come together to go cruising for threesomes for anal intercourse. 3. When heterosexual men are isolated from women, alternate as active and passive partners in anal intercourse.
asshole-deep (adj.) [ext. of ass deep under ass n.]

(US) extremely deep.

[US] ‘The Fall’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 82: Snow and sleet [...] asshole-deep.
B. Hersey letter 16 Mar. at 🌐 To tell you the truth it’s great to see mud again. I wouldn’t have said that six months ago when we were asshole deep in mud all of the time but it’s nice for a change.
[US]M. Collins Carrying the Fire 219: Here I am asshole-deep in a 131-step EVA checklist and they want to talk about baseball!
[US](con. 1950s) C.S. Crawford Four Deuces 54: Standin’ asshole-deep in high-explosive rounds.
[US]S. Henry Murder on the Iditarod Trail 91: I put on my mukluks and before I knew it I was asshole deep in water.
L.C. Fluharty WVGenWeb Project 12 May 🌐 Colloquialisms [...] ‘faster than a striped-ass jaybird’ ‘asshole deep to a ten foot indian’ ‘hotter than the hinges of hell’.
[US]F. Bill Donnybrook [ebook] When Ned wasn’t [...] inhaling crank, he was buried asshole deep in snatch.
asshole tight (adj.)

extremely intimate.

[US]A. Goldman Lenny Bruce 13: You’ll never see Lenny with a spade broad – even though he’s so asshole tight with some black men .
[US]J. Grady Hard Bargains 92: ‘Back then, we were asshole tight buddies with the Shah of Iran’.

In phrases

break out into assholes (v.)

(US) to become terrified.

[US] in Woodward & Bernstein The Final Days 369: ‘Well, what did he do?’ ‘He broke out into assholes and shit himself to death.’.
[US]A. Shaw Dict. Pop/Rock 54: ‘Breaking out into assholes’ Rock jargon for being real scared, real terrified.
[US]P. Kulhavy posting 13 June 🌐 Probably you think we have nothing to do and we have time to look at all the fucking pages every cretin on the web writes. Or do you think we should break out into assholes everytime His Majesty ClemensF [sic] has to scroll because the page is a piece of crap?
fall through one’s own asshole (v.)

(US) to be extremely surprised, utterly shocked; note euph. var. in cit. 1964.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 108: I hope the sun quit shinin’ on you and your life be in a terrible wreck, / hope you fall through the loops a your own ass and break your mothefucken neck.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 145: The big gui [sic] like to fall through his own asshole.
from asshole to appetite (also from asshole to Adam’s apple)

(US) thoroughly, absolutely, totally.

[US]W. Moore Breathe Air Again 136: This guy is O K. He's covered this country from asshole to appetite with some left over.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 116: I’ll rip him open from asshole to appetite.
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 19: Tell him I’m gonna ream him from anus to appetite if he doesn’t remember damn’ quick.
[US]H. Zachary Bk of Rack the Healer 162: We’ve spread ourselves from asshole to appetite all over this arm of the galaxy.
[US]K. Weaver Texas Crude 54: From asshole to appetite. From anus to gullet This is where people sometimes get cut, from [...] ‘He cut that sumbitch from asshole to appetite. Gutted him like a deer’.
[US]P. Earley Hot House 289: This guy had blood squirting out of every hole in his body [...] he was cut from asshole to appetite.
[US]S.W. Beesley Sweetwater, Oklahoma 60: [...] wild berry vines that snagged your clothes and gashed your hide, and bois d’arc with spikes so sharp they could lay a man open from asshole to appetite.
[US]N. Green Angel of Montague Street (2004) 92: Another guy [...] rips the thing [i.e. a cow] from asshole to Adam’s apple.
[US]J. Porter ‘Good Luck in Puerto del Oro’ in ThugLit July [ebook] ‘You'll be a little paler from asshole to appetite’.
have an asshole of (v.)

(US black) to have a great deal of something.

[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 409: Old Youngblood got an ass-hole of money. [...] ‘What you gon do with all that money, Youngblood?’.
have a paper asshole (v.)

1. (US) orig milit., to be a weakling, to be a coward.

[UK]P. Bowman Beach Red 92: ‘You sound like a man with a paper asshole’.
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 182: I got a paper asshole.
[US]A. Rothberg Other Man’s Shoes 445: ‘In the [Marine] Corps we’d say you talked like a man with a paper asshole’.
[US]A. Hill Booze, Bookes & Big Deuce 90: he standard Marine Corps insult, routinely hurled at anyone deemed to have voiced a stupid opinion, was: ‘You talk like a man with a paper asshole!’.
[US]T. Thackrey King of Diamonds 111: ‘You talk,’ she said, ‘like the original man with a paper asshole.’ Margery acquired her electronics expertise while serving two tours in the Marine Corps, and the context still shows up from time to time.
[US]G. Sorrentino Pack of Lies 73: I’m beginning to sound to myself like the proverbial man with a paper asshole.
[US]GodSmacker posting 18 Apr. at 🌐 To the person that likes to rate my maps and not leave a comment, I figure your just jealous... and I also think you have a paper asshole.

2. (also have a paper ass) to talk excessively, esp. when meaningless; usu. talk like you have a paper ass(hole).

[UK](con. WWII) G. Sire Deathmakers 105: Ah, you talk like a man with a paper asshole.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 73: ‘You talk like you got a paper ass,’ said Billy.
Mike posting 12 Dec. at 🌐 Oftentimes, I argue on the side of things I don’t necessarily agree with, just to try to provide the whole story. That’s why my dad says I talk like I have a paper asshole.
you know who posting at 11 Apr. 🌐 I believe the INTERNET has provided a vehicle for people to share their comments easily on subjects they do not have a lot of knowledge about. (The, you talk like you have a paper asshole syndrome).

3. to do anything excessively.

[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 41: Buyin’ rounds’a drinks for the house like a man with a paper asshole, throwin’ away food outta my baby’s mouth.
keep a tight asshole (v.) (also keep a tight hole) [the propensity of intense fear to loosen one’s bowels]

(orig. US milit.) to maintain emotional control.

[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 16: Maybe you think I wasn’t keeping a tight asshole when those Japs started firing.
[US](con. 1940s) G. Mandel Wax Boom 21: All right, keep a tight hole, now.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 325: ‘You know what they say in the Navy,’ I told them. ‘Keep a tight asshole and you’ll be all right.’.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 252: I still can’t believe how nervous we were [...]. Whatever the record was for tight ass holes, the Giants broke it.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 25: This vulgarism also appears in a great many phrases, especially in military talk, e.g., [...] to keep a tight asshole, an allusion to the tendency of frightened people to lose control of their bowls.
lock assholes (v.) (also lock, lock asses)

(US) to fight.

[UK]A. Petry Narrows 267: Don’t you go lockin’ asses with him, Sonny.
[US]P. Marshall ‘Some Get Wasted’ in Clarke Harlem, USA (1971) 353: Tonight here we are gonna be locking with the Crowns up on the hill.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 32: If I ever had t’lock asses with Prong, I’d try my damnedest to shoot him before he got a chance t’get his blade out.
[US]Cincinnati Enquirier (OH) Mag. 14 Oct. 44/2: Lock Ass — to fight.
[US]R. Price Blood Brothers 22: He and Chili Mac hated each other with a passion. Chili Mac dreamed of the day they would finally lock assholes.
[US]W.J. Caunitz One Police Plaza 195: I wouldn’t want to lock assholes with either one of them.
[US]R. Price Clockers 344: I’m locking assholes with every fucking shithead in town.
not know one’s asshole from one’s piehole (v.)

(US) to be stupid.

[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 222: You clearly don’t know your asshole from your piehole.
out the asshole (adv.) [i.e. fig. excrement]

(US) a general intensifier, blatantly, excessively, totally, reprehensibly, in large quantities.

[US]Miilkbone ‘Kids on the Ave’ 🎵 Da’ Miilkrate [album] I got the mad dough cash flow, paid out the asshole.
‘Vegas Score’ on St Louis Area Punk Page 🌐 Vegas Score was a shitty band that wouldn’t have gone anywhere, they were 3 kids with totally different styles. Most people would think that would be perfect but it sucks out the asshole.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 126: I’ve got credentials out the asshole.
snap assholes (v.)

(US) to fight.

[US]T. Thackrey Thief 395: I don’t allow beefs in my place. You want to snap assholes – you do it out in the alley.
think one’s asshole squirts perfume (v.)

(US) to have a high (but unjustifiable) view of one’s own abilities.

[US](con. 1946) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 64: Guy kills a few Japs [...] he thinks his asshole squirts perfume.
up to one’s asshole

involved to the greatest extent.

[US]E. Torres After Hours 23: He must be up to his asshole in markers.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 112: Man, I’m up to my asshole in prints.

In exclamations

my asshole!

(US) excl. of derision, dismissal.

[US]M. McBride Swollen Red Sun 150: ‘Yeah, maybe,’ Jerry Dean said. ‘Maybe, my asshole,’ said Bazooka. ‘When he gets out, he’s gonnan be a threat’ .