Asshole is a vulgar (dirty) slang word. Besides the literal meaning, it’s a common word for a jerk or idiot.

If you call someone an asshole, they're probably doing something not just stupid and annoying, but mean. Like all slang words and obscenities, this is a word you need to be careful about using. Saying asshole in class, in a paper, at a job interview, or even on television could get you in serious trouble. If you’re not alone with your buddies, stick to a safer word like jerk or doofus.

Definitions of asshole
  1. noun
    vulgar slang for anus
    synonyms: arse, arsehole, bunghole
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    type of:
    the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
  2. noun
    insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
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