ψοφάω

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ψοφῶ ‎(psophô, to make loud noise), from Ancient Greek ψόφος ‎(psóphos, loud noise).

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ψοφάω ‎(psofáo) ‎(simple past ψόφησα)

  1. (intransitive) die (of an animal)
    Τα πρόβατα ψόφησαν από το κρύο.‎ ― Ta próvata psófisan apó to krýo. ― The sheep died from the cold.
  2. (intransitive, derogatory) die (of a person, see below)
    Έχει ψοφήσει ακόμα ο παλιόγερος;‎ ― Échei psofísei akóma o paliógeros? ― Has that old bastard died yet?
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) to be worn out, to die (of the cold, etc)
    Έχω ψοφήσει από τη δουλειά.‎ ― Écho psofísei apó ti douleiá. ― Work has killed me.
  4. (intransitive, figuratively) to have a strong desire for, to have a thirst for (of the cold, etc)
    Η αδερφή μου ψοφάει για κουτσομπολιό.‎ ― I aderfí mou psofáei gia koutsompolió. ― My sister is crazy about gossip.
  5. (transitive) to kill (an animal)
    Ψόφησε το σκυλί της από την πείνα.‎ ― Psófise to skylí tis apó tin peína. ― She killed her dog with hunger (by not feeding it).
  6. (transitive, figuratively) to wear out, exhaust
    Μας έχει ψοφήσει στις πρόβες, μέχρι να μάθουμε ολόκληρο το κομμάτι.‎ ― Mas échei psofísei stis próves, méchri na máthoume olókliro to kommáti. ― He's exhausting us with practice, until we learn the entire piece.

Usage notes[edit]

When used of a person instead of an animal, it is quite dysphemistic and carries the implication that either:

  • the person was horrible, undesirable or bad and deserved it, or
  • they died in an unseemly or ungraceful manner.

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