punaise

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See also: punaisé

French[edit]

punaise (1)
punaises (3)

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

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, pejorative, of a woman) a bug, a nothing (a term of abuse)
Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

punaise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of punaiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of punaiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of punaiser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of punaiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of punaiser

Etymology 2[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

punaise

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

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