Green’s Dictionary of Slang

arsehole n.

[arse n. (1) + SE hole; note Wright, Vol. Vocabs., 1857, citing 14C OE/Lat. vocab., Arce-hoole, podex; see also asshole n.]

1. the anus.

[UK]T. Wright Vol. of Vocabularies I 183: podexque . . . [and] arcehoole.
[UK]J. Withals Dictionarie in Eng. and Latine ‘Parts of the bodie’ U: The parte next to the arse hole, podex.
[UK]Hist. of Jacob and Esau V vi: Come out, thou mother Mab; out, old rotten witch! / As white as midnight’s arsehole or virgin pitch.
Liber Lilliati n.p.: Nine nickinge nockes did I nicke on thi nose that I neisde from my narshole.
[UK]Le Strange Merry Passages and Jeasts No. 511 138: She told him he must sett her on Her Head and kisse her Arse; I thank you good Mrs Ars-Hole (for Mrs Atthow) sayd Sir John.
[UK]R. Fletcher (trans.) Martiall his Epigrams XI No. 44 103: Caught with my Boyes, at me my wife the Froe Scolds, and cryes out she hath an ars-hole too [...] Give not male names then to such things as thine, But think thou hast two Twats o wife of mine.
[UK]Wandring Whore I 7: He could never endure peeping in wenches Arseholes.
[UK]Rochester ‘The Argument’ Poems on Several Occasions (1680) 37: For this abuse, the Rump-fed-Runts shall mourn, / Till slimey Cunt, to grimey Arse hole turn.
[UK]J. Oldham ‘Upon a Lady, who by overturning of a Coach, had her Coats behind flung up’ Poems 96: Not the bright Goddesses on high [...] Should they turn up to open view / All their immortal Tails, can shew / An Arse-ho-- so divine as you.
[UK]Rochester (attrib.) Sodom Epilogue: Can Arse holes fire, tho’ it be feirce and greate, / Infuse more than a Cunt imortall heat?
[UK]T. Brown in Works (1720) I 68: May [...] Fistulas thy arse-hole seize by dozens.
Narrative of the Proceedings in Affair Between John Swinton and George Baker 380: He used to get upon his Belly, between his Thighs, and that he used to put his Cock in his A---h---.
[UK]Bugger’s Alphabet in Bold (1979) 41: A is the arsehole all covered in hair.
[UK] ‘Mouths For The Men’ Secret Songster 23: She screw’d up her mouth like a chicken’s a-- hole.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 12: There was a young lady of Lee / Who scrambled up into a tree, / When she got there / Her arsehole was bare, / And so was her K U N T.
[UK]Sins of the Cities of the Plain 22: You want to get into my arse, do you? I’ll teach you to fuck arseholes, my boy!
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 33: He said it was lovely to do it in an arse-hole.
[UK] ‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in Bold (1979) 48: Cats with syphilis, cats with piles, / Cats with their arseholes wreathed in smiles.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 55: Gave my fucking arsehole a headache.
[US](con. 1918) J. Stevens Mattock 263: Home, boys, home, it’s home we ought to be [...] Oh, we’ll hist Old Glory to the top of a pole, / And we’ll all re-up- in a pig’s --- ---!
[UK]W. Holtby South Riding (1988) 333: ‘I’d be a happier woman, that I would,’ says she, passing me cake cut in bits no bigger than a tit’s arse-hole, begging your pardon.
[UK]K. Amis letter 25 Jan. in Leader (2000) 159: Stupid old MSS of filthy meritless maunderings by book-drunk monks as parcel-material and paper for men to clean out their arses’ holes with.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 17: ’E’s not worth a kick in the arse’ole.
[UK]J. Orton Diaries (1986) 17 May 170: Even when he kisses my arsehole he bores me.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 113: Big-hearted fella, the old Black Crow, give yer his arsehole and shit through his ribs.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘Heigh Ho Says Rowley’ in Snatches and Lays 31: A is for arsehole, all covered in shit.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 12: Even Stevie Wonder could see they’ve got style coming out their arseholes.
[UK](con. 1961) C. Logue Prince Charming 268: We strip. Shower. Our arseholes are inspected.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 21: Get smashed enough and one day you’ll disappear up your own arsehole.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: Or I’ve had the arsehole rode off me by some big-time buftie-boy.

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

implied in arsehole of the universe
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 42: I’m here in this arsehole of the earth eating myself out and wondering what she’s doing.
[UK]M.F. Caulfield Black City 52: ‘I know some fine peasants,’ said Kenane. ‘You ought to,’ roared Flynn. ‘You came out of the arse-hole of Connemara yourself.’.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 97: She said to him, ‘Kiss me, darlin’, kiss me again,’ in a voice that was straight from the arsehole of Kerry.
[UK]G. Melly Owning Up (1974) 88: Birmingham, the town we christened ‘The Arsehole of England’.
[UK]P. Larkin letter 19 Aug. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 403: Your whacking great book on Stalin’s purges came this afternoon [...] just the thing for a bloody rainy chilly afternoon in this arsehole of East Riding.
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 205: Up from the arsehole of the country you’d think you were.
[Aus]Tracks (Aus.) Dec. 3: If some smart-arse asks you what it’s like to live in the arsehole of the country, ask them how the armpit is going [Moore 1993].
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 74: In some boozer or tart’s bed, I’ll bet, an’ me stuck with six childer in the arsehole of nowhere.
[Ire]J.B. Keane Bodhrán Makers 349: ‘What you have, Oriel,’ Tom Tyler had once told him, ‘is what the old woman in the arsehole of Mayo, where I come from, used to call [...] Fá Gheasaibh which means under your spell.’.
[UK](con. 1990s) N. ‘Razor’ Smith A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 352: Paul [...] found himself on the next van to Dartmoor, the arsehole of the prison system.
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] ‘You arsehole.’ ‘Come around to my office and repeat that’.

3. (orig. US) a general term of abuse for an individual.

[[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 23 Sept. 515: I have heard cries of ‘You b—b—’and ‘You b—a—,’ and such like expressions—I can recognise any of the prostitutes’ voices who I know when I am on duty—I have never heard cries of ‘Murder!’ in my life during the time I have been a policeman].
[US]J.H. Burns Lucifer with a Book 91: Nydia and me are different from the other clogged arseholes.
[UK]P. Barnes Ruling Class I vii: Rich nobs and privileged arse-holes can afford to be bonkers. Living in a dream world, aren’t they, sir?
[UK]A. Burgess Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 305: Little stoshny [? = stash] I got up this street of a thousand arseholes.
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 46: Our Tony and Henry [...] go on about the teachers and what a load of arse-holes they were.
[US]J. Sikakane Window on Soweto 26: The Sowetians call the SAP’s ‘amakgathas’ meaning ‘the arseholes’.
[SA]P. Slabolepszy ‘Over the Hill’ in Mooi Street (1994) 64: So I’m standing there, hey. A real arsehole. My dirty togs in one hand, bunch of flowers in the other.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 109: Not half as funny as you smell, arseole [sic].
[Ire]B. Quinn Smokey Hollow 97: In the street of a thousand arseholes, / By the light of the swinging tit, / There lives a Chinese merchant, / By the name of Hoo Flung Shit.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 11: If this is true ah’m a blind and stupid arsehole.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I got the message from this arsehole in Sydney. Via this spineless arsewhole in Melbourne.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Rev. 16 Jan. 28: Along with the words ‘complete let-down’ [...] and ‘pack of smirking arseholes’.
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] ‘Overdose? said Milan. ‘What?’ ‘Smack.’ [...] ‘Arsehole’.
[UK] (ref. to 1971) F. Dennis ‘Old Bailey’ Homeless in my Heart 180: A drowsy Irish voice / Purrs: ‘What would an arse’ole know / But what he reads in the news [...] Or the lies we’re fed by screws?’.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] You arsehole, Nick.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 88: Forrester’s an arsehole, but naebody likes a cockteaser.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 179: Don’t listen to what arseholes like that have tae say [...] they are fucking idiots.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] You make fewer friends as a drunk arsehole.
[UK]Guardian Guide 21 May 11/1: This Zac guy, he just seems like a fucking arsehole.

4. (also arsehold) the end, the back of anything.

[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 165: That oul bitch next door had no right to grow bloody tulips right in the arsehold of her onion patch.

5. courage.

[UK]Indep. on Sun. Rev. 9 Dec. 14/3: He never had the arsehole to do it [i.e. an interview] face-to-face.
[UK]Vanity Fair 16 Mar. [Internet] ‘His arsehole went and he thought we would never get in,’ recalled Kenny Collins later. ‘The cunt’.

In derivatives

arseholed (adj.)

very drunk.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 27/2: since ca. 1940.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 5: Arseholed: Has [...] everything to do with losing one’s job (if a bricklayer) or being thrown out of a pub (if one is a lower-order drunk who is arseholed).
[UK]B. Robinson Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman 102: Are you all right? [...] You sound arse-holed.
[UK]Guardian G2 5 Oct. 5: The British have that many, and more, to describe getting drunk. Plastered, wrecked [...] and areseholed are but a few.
arseholery (n.)

(also assholery) stupidity, nonsense; bad behaviour.

[US]Horizon 50/3: It must pass this new piece of legislative arseholery in order to obtain funds from the taxpayer.
[Can]P. Kavanagh Gaff Topsails 282: Gus looks to Michael and snorts, ‘Barron, did you ever hear such arseholery?’.
[UK]Guardian 10 July [Internet] I can’t remember when things changed (My NoW habit, that is, not my arseholery, that’s permanent).
dailydot.com 22 Feb. [Internet] It’s a very respectful corner of the Internet, overall. The community doesn’t tolerate assholery, and it’s generally very supportive of all types of women.
arseholey (adj.)

1. sycophantic [arsehole crawl v.].

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 27/1: late C.19–20.
www.zyworld.com [Internet] I tried for a little longer and every single word from my mouth sounded like the most arseholey thing that anyone had ever said, EVER!

2. a general derog. term.

Kenickie Corner [Internet] It was to take any arseholey sentimentality out of the situation. It was hari-kari, a noble act.
J. Colgan Working Wonders 7: ‘No, I would say they were more arseholey than you.’ Arthur smiled.

3. used as adv.

P. Palmer Artemis [ebook] And I got drunk that night, totally kissing-men-and-giggling arseholey drunk.
arseholishness (n.)

acting like an idiot, being annoying, a general derog.

[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 65: Strutter could put up with Darklord’s arseholishness for the 40 grand a week.
http://www.mouseowners.com [Internet] Jaw dropping arseholishness...

In compounds

arsehole bandit (n.) [ext. of arse bandit n.]

a homosexual male (cf. asshole bandit under asshole n.).

[UK]Partridge DSUE (7th, 8th edn).
F. Musgrove School and the Social Order 6: [D.H.] Lawrence was as discreditable in the eyes of the teachers as of the parents — a ‘mucky bogger’, even ‘an arsehole bandit’.
Green Left Weekly (Aus.) 27 Aug. 28: ‘AIDS will finish you in hell. SODOMIST. An arsehole bandit. You are pure filth and will die SOON!’. Thus ran one of the letters to Ian Roberts – Souths, Manly and Australian Rugby League star – after his coming out as gay in 1996.
[Aus]M. Cole Jump [ebook] A year on remand, and now what, three months in here, and already you’re an arsehole bandit? [...] if you can’t control your urges you’ll end up with the real big one HIV.
arsehole lucky (adj.)

extremely fortunate.

[UK]Barltrop & Wolveridge Muvver Tongue 41: There is ‘arsehole lucky’ as well.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 27/2: since ca. 1950.
arsehole polisher (n.)

a sycophant, a toady.

[US]Maledicta 1 (Summer) 16: Naturally, he is also a sycophant and toady to the boss: an ass-kisser, and an arsehole-polisher.

In phrases

arsehole of the universe (n.) (also arsehole of creation, ...the world, asshole of creation, ...of the world, ...of the universe, bunghole of the universe) [note description of Holland as ‘the Buttock of the world, full of veins and blood, but no bones in’t’ in A Brief Character of the Low Countries (1660) and Primo Levi’s ref. to Auschwitz as anus mundi, a Lat. synon.]

applied to anywhere considered especially unpleasant on a global or, hyperbolically, local level.

[[UK]N. Ward ‘A Trip to Jamaica’ in Writings (1704) 161: The Dunghill of the Universe, the Refuge of the Whole creation, the Clippings of the Elements, a shameless Pile of Rubbish, confus’dly jumbl’d into an Emblem of the Chaos].
[US]O.W. Holmes Professor at the Breakfast Table 24: My lively friend has had his straw at the bung-hole of the Universe!
[US]Mencken letter 1 Nov. in Bode New Mencken Letters (1977) 205: This place [i.e. L.A.] is the one true and original arse-hole of creation. It is at least nine times as bad as I expected.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 24: And not one man [...] has been crazy enough to put a bomb up the asshole of creation and set it off.
D. Thomas Coll. Letters 17 July (1985) 767: This arsehole of the universe this hymnal blob, this pretty, sick, fond sad Wales .
[US] (ref. to 1920s) L. Lipton Holy Barbarians 276: In every small town I hit during those days there was always someone to assure me that it was ‘the ass-hole of the world.’.
[UK]J. Iggulden Storms of Summer 89: Bugger Europe! I say. It must be the arsehole of the World!
[Aus](con. 1944) L. Glassop Rats in New Guinea 58: It’s not like the desert up there, corp [...] It’s the — hole of the world.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 30: There it is [...] The asshole of creation.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 171: That fuckin place [i.e. Dannemora prison] is the asshole of the world.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 15: arsehole of the universe The Royal Military College. The term appears in the college cheer-song; this runs (Moore 1993) ‘We’re a pack of bastards, / Bastards are we, / We come from RMC, / The arse of the world... / And the universe’.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 123: One may be unfortunate enough to reside in the arsehole of the world, or even of the universe (sometimes said to refer to Canberra, pronounced ‘Canbra’, and popularly considered a reality vacuum).
Herald (Glasgow) 26 Sept. [Internet] As they walked through the airport his exasperated cameraman exclaimed that the country had to be the ‘arsehole of the world’.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 83: Black Swan Green might not be the arsehole of the world, but it’s got a damn good view of it.
from arsehole to breakfast time (also from arse to breakfast, from arsehole..., ...to breakfast table, from backbone..., from haircut...)

1. all the way, all the time, completely.

[UK]Indep. 23 May 1186: So we were only four hands on deck, outside [...] Aleck Jackson, our negro cook, a thoro sailor from backbone to breakfast time .
[NZ]Landfall 7 178: My God, man [...] you have me excited.It’s absolute comfort from arsehole to breakfast-table .
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: He’s after you. Chases you round from haircut to breakfast time.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 46: Try clearing a dry net, and you’ll know all about ’em. You’ll itch from arse to breakfast.
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 202: Christ, man, there’s gonna be white blood spilled from arsehole to breakfast time!
[NZ]H. Beaton Outside In I i: A fucken soap up! Foam from arse’ole to breakfast!
[Aus]R. Fitzgerald Pushed from the Wings (1989) 131: She’s caused me strife from arsehole to breakfast time.
[UK]A. Bleasdale On the Ledge 40: I’ll cut you from arsehole to breakfast time if you don’t shut up.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 199: There was mud from arsehole to breakfast time.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 123: One may also be knocked or kicked from arsehole to breakfast in certain unfortunate circumstances.
V. McInerney Writing for Radio 104: Then she could spend more time in the house with Mr Randy, being touched up from arse to breakfast time.
in P. Brock These Strange Criminals 276: They were a sort of greyish-brown colour and patched from arsehole to breakfast time.

2. very unsatisfactory, totally confused, very chaotic; thus not know if it is arsehole or breakfast time v., to be very confused.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 430/1: late C.19–20.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 123: A disorganised situation may be described as being from arsehole to breakfast.
[UK]T. Pratchett Thud! 199: There was an old military saying [...] used to describe total bewilderment and confusion. An individual in that state [...] ‘couldn’t tell if it was arsehole or breakfast time.’.
T. Thorne Dict. Contemp. Sl [ebook] It’s no good, it‘s all arsehole to breakfast time in that office at the moment.
give someone arseholes (v.)

(N.Z.) to harass, to berate.

[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 174: The only pep talk he ever gave them, all he ever said every Saturday, was go out there and give em arseholes.
http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz 6 June [Internet] So this is it folks. Give him arseholes. If he thinks he can get away clean, we gotta give him the learn.
give someone the arsehole (v.)

to infuriate.

[UK]Guardian 28 Feb. 21: It’s enough to give me the a***hole.
not know if one’s arsehole is bored or punched (v.) (also not know if one’s arsehole is bored, punched, drilled or countersunk; ...drilled, bored or countersunk; not know if one is punched, bored or countersunk) [? engineering use]

to be an absolute fool; to be wholly disorientated.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 121: The silly twat didn’t know if his arse-hole was bored, punched, drilled, or countersunk.
[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 162: Doesn’t know if he’s punched, bored, or countersunk.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 34: He doesn’t know whether his arsehole’s drilled, bored, or countersunk.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1364: [...] C.20.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 144: not know if you’re punched, bored or countersunk Confused.
T. Parry Only One Way Out 197: Come the finish, the poor sod hopped around as though his arse hole had been drilled, bored out then counter-sunk.
T. Church TeeCee’s Arborfield Odes 90: And sure enough, that‛s how it was; we really should have scarpered, We couldn‛t tell if we were being drilled, bored, reamed or tapered!
stupid as arseholes (adj.)

extremely stupid.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1172/2: [...] since ca. 1925.
http://boards.gingerbeer.co.uk 4 July [Internet] And everyone, Mum, dad, Nan and Grandad etc., all use ‘arseholes’ as a point of comparison. Sometimes it makes sense, ‘He’s as tight as arseholes.’ Sometimes, not so much, ‘It’s as hard as arseholes.’ [...] ‘He’s as stupid as arseholes’.
talk out of one’s arsehole (v.) (also talk out of one’s asshole)

to talk nonsense.

[UK]J. Godber Up ’n’ Under 11: reg: Arthur, you're talking out of your arsehole. arthur: Steady. reg: You are talking utter crap and you know it.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 178: These guys are talkin’ outa their assholes.
‘Rev. of Baby Geniuses’ at FilmJournal.com [Internet] They say things like, ‘If you’re going to talk out of your asshole all the time, maybe you should wear a bowtie on your butt!’.
M. Futcher Wishing Well 21: Mr Big-Man Victor Kiss is talking out of his arsehole.
tear one’s arsehole out (v.) (also tear one’s asshole out)

to work furiously.

[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 71: Mama started social climbing, tearing her asshole out [...] to compete with the status shit muckety-mucks.
up arsehole street (also in arsehole street)

in difficulties, facing problems.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 27/2: since ca. 1950.
As The World Churns! 8 Oct. [Internet] Anyway, after a while I realised I had to check meself, and I was heading up Arsehole Street, so we talked, and we both agreed to put the brakes on.
Nishlord’s World Cup Diary [Internet] Ireland are making Roy Keane’s gardening leave an absolute hell on earth, Rivaldo made the entire world piss itself laughing, France are right up Arsehole Street, Argentina are frothing at the mouth to get to England...
white as midnight’s arsehole (adj.)

absolutely dark, totally black.

[UK]Hist. of Jacob and Esau V vi: Come out thou mother Mab, out olde rotten witche, As white as midnightes arsehole, or virgin pitche.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1331/2: ca. 1550–1640.

In exclamations

arseholes!

rubbish! nonsense! note euph. in cit. c.1939.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 385: ‘Oh! Arseholes,’ bawled out Kate, slamming the door.
[UK] ‘Blind Nell’ in Bold (1979) 26: She thinks he will return to her, / Will he fucking arseholes.
[UK]J. Franklyn This Gutter Life 194: ‘Solly’s deal I say!’ ‘Arsoles!’.
[UK]B. Bennett ‘Trumpeter’ in Billy Bennett’s Third Budget 33: So I tell them that it’s rissoles / And they say, ‘The same to you’.
[US] in G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 179: All I’ll sye is ‘Bloody fuckin’ arseholes to you!’.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 93: He’s a Red like yourself, they tell me (Red arseholes, thought Dean, a pale shade of pink, at best).
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 294: ‘Conspicuous arseholes!’ Gunner flung himself back in his chair exasperatedly.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Davo’s Little Something 8: ‘m a footballer. I need the carbohydrates.’ ‘Carbo arseholes’.
my arsehole! (also my asshole!)

a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.

[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 188: All I sye is my bloody arse ’ole to you, you bloomin’ fuck.
[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Milly and the Porker’ in Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 203: Nervous, my ass hole!
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘Table Manners’ in Snatches and Lays 86: ‘Manners me arsehole,’ said Thomas.