ruffiano

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From roffia (dirt), from Old High German hruf (eschar, crust). Cognate with Icelandic hrufla (to scratch), English ruffle. Alternatively from Vulgar Latin *rufianus, from rūfus (red).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rufˈfja.no/
  • Rhymes: -ano
  • Hyphenation: ruf‧fià‧no

Noun[edit]

ruffiano m (plural ruffiani, feminine ruffiana)

  1. pander, procurer, pimp
    Synonyms: magnaccia, protettore, lenone, pappone
  2. bootlicker
  3. sycophant
  4. flunky
  5. hanger-on

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle French: rufian
  • Spanish: rufián

References[edit]

  1. ^ ruffiano in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana