Assinine (or asinine) is a versatile expression which carries various meanings depending on the context in which it is applied. Although, most of the time it is used as a derogatory phrase.
The meanings of the word include: physically having the characteristics of a donkey, resembling buttocks, but usually it is said to someone who is not intelligent or somebody who is acting stupid.
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The word originates from Latin language, with “asinus” being the root of the word, meaning “donkey”.
As a phrase, assinine was lifted into the English language somewhere around the mid-15th century.
Spread and Usage
The word asinine has been part of informal English language use since the 1600s.
Online, the phrase was part of a series of King of the Hill memes. One template was particularly popular, which featured a still of a serious Hank Hill with the caption: “That’s just asinine”.