arpagone

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ar.paˈɡo.ne/, [ärpäˈɡoːne]
  • Rhymes: -one
  • Hyphenation: ar‧pa‧gó‧ne

Etymology 1[edit]

13th century: from Latin harpagō, gen. harpagōnis (grappling hook, grappling iron), from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, hook), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate), of uncertain origin. Doublet of arpione (harpoon) and cognate to English harpoon and harpagon.

Noun[edit]

arpagone m (plural arpagoni)

  1. (nautical) grapnel, grappling iron
  2. (nautical, uncommon) gaff
    Synonyms: alighiero

Etymology 2[edit]

1829 borrowing from French harpagon, as if named after Arpagone (Harpagon), the protagonist of Molière's The Miser (1668), whose original name Harpagon is an adaptation of Latin harpagō, gen. harpagōnis (grappling hook, grappling iron), from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, hook), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate), of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

arpagone m (plural arpagoni)

  1. skinflint, miser
    Synonyms: avaro, tirchio, taccagno, spilorcio

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