I was reading a conversation on Facebook where some one said that "many girls like assholes". I tried to google it, but I couldn't get the exact meaning of the word. Who are assholes in this sentence? and does the word have other meanings?

Is it a slang?

  • Can't you look it up in a dictionary?
    – Dangph
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 0:15
  • @Dangph , Sadly , I have lost my dictionary a couple of days ago. I'm going to buy a new one soon.
    – FNH
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 0:18
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    Never fear; there are many dictionaries on the internet. Here you may input a word and see links to the definitions in many dictionaries. Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 0:43
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    I initially voted to close this question as a simple dictionary lookup, but, after thinking about it some more, I think this part of the question makes it worth keeping open: "Who are assholes in this sentence?" One could look the word up in the dictionary, and wonder if the sentence refered to anatomy instead of archtypes, since both meanings are likely to be co-listed, and both could be used in the grammatical sense.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 1:23
  • Please include a link to the context--it's hard to answer a question of "What does this word mean in this context" when we don't have that context available!
    – Tiercelet
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 2:57

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In the context where you've seen this remark, I assume the word is a synonym for jerk, which means:

A foolish, rude, or contemptible person.

I'd guess that the conversation that you allude to was more or less talking about the "bad boy" phenomenon. As one columnist wrote:

I'm often questioned by men who tell me they are "nice guys" but feel ignored by women who, they say, "prefer to be treated like crap". While I don't agree that nice guys always finish last, I do understand that we women do make some damn silly dating decisions.

Most of the men I know are kind, polite and adorable in practically every way, yet, like many women, I have an illogical soft-spot for massive jerks. There is something about bad boys that we find incredibly appealing, even though we often regret the experience afterwards.

I can't say if this is reality, myth, or urban legend, but there is a lot of serious discussion on the topic. As for why it's true (or if it's true), that would be a question for Cognitive Sciences – but at least you now know what the phrase is talking about.

  • And to answer the last part of your question, yes, it's slang, and it's also considered vulgar slang (and most dictionaries will label it as such).
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 1:25
  • In fact , yes the disscusion was about why do women are attracted to bad guys not to nice ones.. I know understand what the topic is talking about. thanx .
    – FNH
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 1:36

“ asshole”

Stupid and contemptible person.

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    If you are quoting from a dictionary (or other reference), please either say where you took the quotation from, or provide a link to the source.
    – Jasper
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 0:17

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