Middle English Dictionary Entry

ărs n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) The anus, the rectum; excretory organ; (b) buttock(s, posteriors, rump; (c) ?hemorrhoids, ?rectum.
2.
(a) ~ gang, a bowel movement; ~ girdel, a belt worn low on the hips; ~ hol, the anus; ~ holer, ?a Sodomist [cp. holour]; ~ rope, the rectum; ~ tharm, rectum; ~ wisp, the medieval equivalent of toilet paper; (b) at (one's) ~, close to (one's) rear, at (one's) heels; at hors ~, at a horse's heels.
3.
The vulva; ~ winning, money obtained by prostitution.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arse.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arse rope.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arsehole.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arse.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arse rope.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. arsehole.