cachorro

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Portuguese[edit]

cachorros (sense 1)
cachorro (sense 2)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish cachorro (cub), metathesized form of Basque txakur, xakur (puppy). Compare also Corsican ghjacaru (hound), Sardinian giagaru

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Noun[edit]

cachorro m (plural cachorros, feminine cachorra, feminine plural cachorras)

  1. (Portugal) puppy (a young dog)
  2. (Brazil, Madeira, colloquial) dog (of any age)
  3. (Brazil, derogatory) A promiscuous man.
  4. (by extension) An unfaithful man.
  5. Short for cachorro-quente: hot dog

Usage notes[edit]

In Brazil, this is the neutral and colloquial term for "dog", whereas in settings of higher formalities cão is used instead. The feminine cachorra is even more avoided in such settings (in which cadela is used), but is used more often in everyday language.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Metathesis of Basque txakur, xakur (puppy); also the source of South Corsican ghjacaru (hound), Sardinian giagaru.

Noun[edit]

cachorro m (plural cachorros)

  1. puppy
  2. cub (the young of certain other animals, generally mammals)
  3. pup (young of foxes, seals or sea lions)

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