From Vulgar Latin *putana(m), from Latin puta (“girl”). Latin putta (“prostitute”) is attested in the sixth century (Gregory of Tours). The change of meaning from "girl" to "prostitute" is due to euphemism, a process that is well known to other periods and languages.
puttana f (plural puttane)
- (derogatory, vulgar slang) whore, slut, hooker, tart (British)
- (as an insult) bitch
- trollop, strumpet, whore, streetwalker
- vacca (litterally: "cow"). Plural: "vacche"
- scrofa (litterally: "sow"). Plural: "scrofe"
- cagna (litterally: "bitch"). Plural: "cagne"
- troia (litterally "sow"). Plural: "troie"
- baldracca slang used in Northern Italy. Plural: "baldracche"
- mignotta roman slang. Plural: "mignotte"
- smanfaraccia slang used in Central Italy. Plural: "smanfaracce".
- barlenga slang used in some Italian regions. Plural: "barlenghe".
- figlio di puttana
- puttanesca, alla puttanesca
- porca puttana