Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-ass sfx

[ext. of -assed sfx/ass n. (2)]

(mainly US black) used to form generally negative (but increasingly positive too) adjs. and occas. nouns, e.g. bitch-ass adj.; candy-ass n.; dog-ass n.; drag-ass adj.

[US]W. Fisher Waiters 162: ‘Looka these poor white bastards oglin’ us.’ [...] ‘Pay ’em no mind, babes,’ he said. ‘Pay ’em no rabbit-ass mind.’.
[US]T.T. Chamales Never So Few (1958) 218: The dirty sneaky-ass little shit.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 109: I would give my last arm to [...] find out just what he’s poor-ass pondering about.
[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 175: To turn a verb or adjective into a descriptive noun, as: creep-ass, squall-ass.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 38: You’re nothing but a jive, trick, junkie-ass punk, and you know it.
[US]R. Gover One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding 71: I don’ know what in the wide-ass worl’ I do t’hurt him, but I sure know I do. [Ibid.] 134: He leave my poor Nigger Pickaninny me all alone on that madass hiway in this great big blackass Madam car.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 223: He selected his brown suit [...] and man, its a sharpass suit. [Ibid.] 226: Abe was a coolass stud.
[US]A. Baraka Tales (1969) 14: Get away from my grease. Hungry ass spooks.
[US]J. Hersey Algiers Motel Incident 66: Your pimp-ass son, we’re glad he’s dead.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 169: You don’t have to go hincty on ugly ass Railhead.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 80: You’re pimping too hard skinny ass nigger. [Ibid.] 171: Those cold-ass white broads in Heaven ain’t got what these black whores in Hell got between their legs.
[UK]B. Naughton Alfie Darling 272: It suddenly struck me what a slobass I was to bother.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 56: It was that goddam dopefiend-ass bitch. [Ibid.] 144: Don’t nobody but common-ass Negroes use that word. [Ibid.] 187: We goin’ to leave you in this fuckin’-ass motel. [Ibid.] 249: Six funky-ass dollars . . . I risked my life for six stinking-ass dollars.
[US]T.C. Bambara Gorilla, My Love (1972) 15: We shut up and watch the simple ass picture.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 27: My stupid-ass nephew’s smarter than that.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 174: We all know you hung up on that funny-ass horn you playin’ and all.
[US]T.C. Bambara ‘The Lesson’ in Gorilla, My Love (1972) 91: Who wants to know about your smelly-ass stationery.
[UK] (ref. to 1930s) E. Williams Emlyn 251: I thought, it’s a funny world and sucks to Alfred Drayton, spoke my first silly-ass scene [...] with the faintest drawl.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 83: Coming from you man, that is some funny-ass shit.
[US]B. Greer Slammer (1977) 101: You tell that tier boy to leave your cell open, peach ass.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 41: Every time Steinhardt gets an answer to his stupid-ass questions he looks at the jury.
[US](con. 1969) C.R. Anderson Grunts 42: All these petty-ass dictators in these new countries.
[US]C. Durden No Bugles, No Drums 122: We were a long-ass way from Panasonic’s prime sales region.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 437: That fuckin’ lyin’-ass Jew.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 81: Yeah ... to stick in that greasy Puerto Rican for tryin’ that stale ass game.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 182: Even Simple Simon’s little girl, one of the most nothin-ass bitches ever turned out in the history of the Life, even she had got the nod already. [Ibid.] 277: The standard Do, big and bad and kinking out from all angles of his head, look like one of those evil-ass weeds grows its way up through the pavement and then just hangs out.
[US](con. 1968) D.A. Dye Citadel (1989) 185: Subcaliber fucking bang-sticks and a couple of measly-assed hand grenades.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 280: The whole fuckin’ thing changes around mighty-ass fast.
[UK]Kirk & Madsen After The Ball 353: A new type of prude [...] softcocked, hard-hearted creatures, cold-assed and hot-tempered.
[US]Source Nov. 26: We’re just trying to make dope-ass music.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 219: Damn! Look at this ugly-ass bitch.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 222: ‘I can’t stand a beggin’ ass bitch.’ [...] ‘I can’t stand a broke-ass man.’ [Ibid.] 272: Even if this country-ass suit actually fit him, he still wouldn’t tell his mother.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 15: I’ll be out having a good-ass time.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 255: He’d snorted, laughed shortly, said something about ‘those simple-ass motherfuckers’. [Ibid.] 291: Damn [...] That’s a pretty-ass Riviera.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Ackrite’ [lyrics] Snobby-ass bitches get slapped out of spite.
[US]Eminem ‘Amityville’ [lyrics] Bitches know me as a horny ass freak / Their mother wasn’t raped, I ate her pussy while she was ’sleep.
[US]F.X. Toole Rope Burns 154: Hymn open up on Broadway and South Central [...] Long-ass way for somebody like Danger.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 60: The afro chic clothes: high ass shoes, knits, leathers.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 290: Master P is performing at some little stupid-ass show. [Ibid.] 344: I had friends who had a mother and father at home. They had a cool-assed life.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 391: When they’re playing rummy [...] and someone makes a goof-ass discard.
[US]50 Cent ‘In da Club’ [lyrics] I’m that cat by the bar toasting to the good life / You that faggot ass nigga trying to pull me back right?
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 173: Some gay-ass white boy?
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 41: ‘Please,’ said Charles. ‘Beggin ass bitch.’.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 55: You fucking cunt ass ho, you got the stinkiest damn pussy in this whole place.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Being willing to commit an act of murder with him [...] was the ultimate show of loyalty. Drama would see she was a down-ass chick.
[US]J. Stahl Happy Mutant Baby Pills 132: Living in Echo Park, banging out cool-ass webcasts, maybe being in a band.
[US]Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] You might as well go with the flow. Get this free-ass, easy-ass money, and go home.