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Jackass \Jack"ass`\, n. [2d jack + ass.]

  1. The male ass; a donkey.

  2. A conceited dolt; a perverse blockhead; -- disparaging and offensive.

    Jackass bark (Naut.), a three-masted vessel, with only the foremast square-rigged; a barkentine.

    Jackass deer (Zo["o]l.), the koba.

    Jackass hare, Jackass rabbit (Zo["o]l.). See Jack rabbit, under 2d Jack, n.

    Jackass penguin (Zo["o]l.), any species of penguin of the genus Spheniscus, of which several are known. One species ( Spheniscus demersus) inhabits the islands near the Cape of Good Hope; another ( Spheniscus Magellanicus) is found at the Falkland Islands. They make a noise like the braying of an ass; -- hence the name.

    Laughing jackass. (Zo["o]l.) See under Laughing.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mule ass, 1727, from jack (n.) + ass (n.1). Meaning "stupid person" is attested from 1823.


n. 1 A male donkey. 2 A foolish or stupid person. 3 An inappropriately rude or obnoxious person. n. (context poker slang English) A jack and an ace as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em due to phonetic similarity vb. (context rare English) To behave very obnoxiously.

  1. n. a man who is a stupid incompetent fool [syn: fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany]

  2. male donkey [syn: jack]


A jackass is a male donkey.

Jackass may also refer to:

Jackass (TV series)

Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a launchpad for the television and acting careers of Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Johnny Knoxville, who previously had only minor acting roles.

Since 2001, four Jackass films have been produced and released by MTV corporate sibling Paramount Pictures, continuing the franchise after its run on television. The show sparked several spin-offs including Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Homewrecker, Dr. Steve-O, Nitro Circus, and Blastazoid.

The show placed #68 on Entertainment Weekly "New TV Classics" list.

Usage examples of "jackass".

Thomas, his arm quickly numbing, dropped the case on the 207 Rita Clay Estrada hood of the car and turned around to face the jackass.

As Heather headed for the bar, already dialing her cell phone, he sat down next to Lucy and across from Syd and felt like a complete jackass.

I was at home on a brig, whether full-rigged or jackass: consequently I was equally easy on a schooner or a barkentine or a ship.

The big mollyhawks of New Zealand, the laughing gulls of California, that awaken you at dawn and are things never forgotten, cannot compare with these strange and homely and humorous jackasses of the Australian woods.

His face showed the effects of a sleepless night, but he was already refortified with jackass brandy for the ordeals of the day, and was in nowise stupid.

Spare not, young chip, or else, the jackasses in the Australian bush will breed as numerous as the locusts in the African desert.

The fire was lightless, yet he could see more plainly, but the cause was not manifest, till from the myalls quite close the jackasses chorused.

 Kate had wanted to wait and make a proper entrance, announced by some jackass with a booming voice who lived for stopping the proceedings dead while bellowing the name of every new arrival.

At the university, one Holy Saturday, he'd tried to apply a jackass cure to uncertainty: he went into the toilet of a bar, perfectly sober, threw some gunpowder on a chancre, and lighted it.

No, he had started his walk somewhere else, he could not remember where, but it was ten miles away, no, twenty-five miles away, some town, and the people in that town were no-good jackass asswipes.

To what extent civilization is retarded by the laughing jackasses, the empty-minded belittlers?

We were desperate--would take horses, jackasses, cameleopards, kangaroos--any thing.

There were a Papuan lory, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, the chiffchaff and kookaburra bird, laughing jackass and motmot, chachalaca, drongo and poor old puffin.

At the table up front, Alda Quimby was still trying to keep from looking like a jackass.

Why, when he said that Johnnie was cheatin' and acted like such a jackass?