punaise

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See also: punaisé

French[edit]

punaise (1)
punaises (3)

Etymology[edit]

From the feminine of punais (having a foul odor), from Vulgar Latin *pūtināsius, from Latin puteō + nāsus, based on nāriputēns.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /py.nɛz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛz

Noun[edit]

punaise f (plural punaises)

  1. (entomology) bug, stinkbug; true bug (a member of order Heteroptera)
  2. bedbug
  3. tack, thumbtack, drawing pin
  4. (colloquial, derogatory, of a woman) a bug, a nothing (a term of abuse)

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: punese
  • Ottoman Turkish: پونز(pünez)
  • Persian: پونز(punez)
  • Polish: pinezka
  • Romanian: piuneză

Verb[edit]

punaise

  1. inflection of punaiser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Interjection[edit]

punaise

  1. (colloquial) Euphemistic form of putain; darn, shoot, shucks

Further reading[edit]