puttana

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French putain.
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.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /putˈta.na/, [put̪ˈt̪äːn̺ä]
  • Stress: puttàna
  • Hyphenation: put‧ta‧na

Noun[edit]

puttana f (plural puttane)

  1. (derogatory, vulgar slang) whore, slut, hooker, harlot, tart (British)
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback, in Italian), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XVIII, lines 133–135, page 275:
      Taïde è, la puttana che rispuose ¶ al drudo suo quando disse ‘Ho io grazie ¶ grandi apo te?’: ‘Anzi maravigliose!’.
      Thais the harlot is it, who replied ¶ unto her paramour, when he said, 'Have I ¶ great gratitude from thee?'--'Nay, marvellous'
  2. (as an insult) bitch
  3. trollop, strumpet, whore, streetwalker

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “puttana” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-20781-2