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Prawns

Etymology 1Edit

First attested early 1400s as various Middle English forms prayne, prane, praune, and prawne, which present no clear cognates in languages other than English. The forms suggest a hypothetical Old English form containing *æg, evolving into Middle English *ay, but it is unclear if the word is of Germanic origin or loaned from a substrate.

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NounEdit

prawn (countable and uncountable, plural prawn or prawns)

  1. A crustacean of the suborder Dendrobranchiata.
  2. (Commonwealth of Nations) A crustacean sometimes confused with shrimp.
  3. (slang, derogatory) A woman with a very toned body, but an unattractive face.
    Synonyms: butterface, tip drill
    She's a prawn!
  4. (Australia) A fool, an idiot.
    • 1999 August 2, Les Brown, “This old "almah" controversy”, in alt.religion.christian, Usenet[1]:
      This is utter dribble. I've not read much worse than this in a long time - and he admits he doesn't know - "or so I am told". Get real, you prawn.
    • 2001 February 1, Ned Latham, “Lovesick Puppy Poetry - Volume 1”, in aus.culture.true-blue, Usenet[2]:
      He didn't say he was accused of that, prawn.
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VerbEdit

prawn (third-person singular simple present prawns, present participle prawning, simple past and past participle prawned)

  1. (intransitive) To fish for prawns.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

prawn (plural prawns)

  1. Alternative form of porn

ReferencesEdit

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  • Århammar, Nils (1986): Aspects of Language: Geolinguistics