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From moina (devious, tricky) + -ante. Perhaps from Old French moine (monk), because of the many tricksters that during the Middle Ages used to disguise themselves as monks, most notably along the Way of Saint James. Alternatively, from Gascon Occitan amoinà (to beg), from Latin eleemosyna (alms), from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosúnē).[1]



moinante m (plural moinantes)

  1. (derogatory) a vagabond, a beggar
  2. (derogatory) a rogue, a rascal, a trickster
    Synonyms: truán, tunante, tuno
  3. (derogatory, figuratively) someone from whom low morality is presupposed
    Ollo aló, que eses son un fato de moinantes!
    Take care there, these guys are nothing but a group of rascals!

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  1. ^ Coromines, Joan; Pascual, José A. (1991–1997). Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico. Madrid: Gredos, s.v. limosna.