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EtymologyEdit

Of uncertain origin[1][2][3]. One possibility is from a contraction of Latin capitium (small head)[4] (cf. also capezzo, capezza), or from Byzantine Greek ακάτιον (akátion, main mast).[5]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkat.t͡so/, [ˈkät̪t͡s̪o̞]
  • Rhymes: -attso
  • Hyphenation: càz‧zo

NounEdit

cazzo m (plural cazzi)

  1. (vulgar) dick, cock, prick
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cazzo
  2. (un cazzo) shit (US), jackshit (US), sod all (UK), bugger all (UK)
    Synonyms: accidenti, cacchio, cavolo
    • 2013, Anita Kravos as Talia Concept, La grande bellezza, written by Paolo Sorrentino, 00:21:49 from the start:
      Sono un'artista, non devo spiegare un cazzo.
      I'm an artist, I don't have to explain jackshit.
    Non vale un cazzo.
    It's not worth shit, it's worth sod all.
  3. (in the plural, followed by a possessive pronoun) business, affair
    Synonyms: affari, cacchi, cavoli
    Fatti i cazzi tuoi!
    Mind your own fucking business!

InterjectionEdit

cazzo!

  1. fuck!, shit! (expressing frustration, surprise, or anger)
    Synonyms: cacchio, cavolo, accidenti, merda
    Vada a bordo, cazzo!
    Get aboard, for fuck's sake!
  2. Used as an intensifier, often replacing cosa or che, similar to "what the fuck".
    Che cazzo vuoi?
    What the fuck do you want?
  3. good grief
  4. my ass!
    Buongiorno un cazzo!
    Good morning my ass!
    Grazie al cazzo!
    Thanks, my ass! Thanks for fuck all!

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VerbEdit

cazzo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of cazzare

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ cazzo in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  2. ^ cazzo in sapere.it – De Agostini Editore
  3. ^ cazzo in garzantilinguistica.it – Garzanti Linguistica, De Agostini Scuola Spa
  4. ^ Pianigiani, Ottorino (1907), “cazzo”, in Vocabolario etimologico della lingua italiana (in Italian), Rome: Albrighi & Segati
  5. ^ Battisti, Carlo; Alessio, Giovanni (1950–57). Dizionario etimologico italiano. Firenze: Barbera.

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