putain

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French putain, originally the oblique case of pute (dirty woman) formed with the suffix -ain, from Vulgar Latin putta, from Latin puta (girl). Compare with salope, Italian puttana.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

putain f (plural putains)

  1. (vulgar) whore, hooker
    Synonym: pute
  2. (derogatory, vulgar, slang) bitch, cow (an unpleasant woman)
    Synonym: pute

Interjection[edit]

putain

  1. (vulgar) fuck, fucking hell, bloody hell
    Synonyms: punaise, purée (euphemistic)

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French putain.

Noun[edit]

putain f (plural putains)

  1. (Jersey) whore
    Synonym: chèrch'rêsse

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pute with the suffix -ain, -aine, or from Vulgar Latin putta/*puttāna, from Latin puta (girl)[1]. Compare Old Occitan putan(a). Latin putta (prostitute) is attested in the sixth century (Gregory of Tours). The change of meaning from "girl" to "prostitute" is due to euphemism, a process that is well known to other periods and languages.[2]

Noun[edit]

putain f (oblique plural putains, nominative singular pute, nominative plural putains)

  1. (vulgar) whore, prostitute, bitch

Descendants[edit]

  • French: pute, putain
  • Italian: puttana

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pianigiani, Ottorino (1907), “puttana”, in Vocabolario etimologico della lingua italiana (in Italian), Rome: Albrighi & Segati
  2. ^ “puttana” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Noun[edit]

putain m

  1. genitive singular of putan (button, key)

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
putain phutain
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

putain f (plural puteiniaid)

  1. prostitute, harlot, whore

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
putain butain mhutain phutain
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.