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puțin

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from a Vulgar Latin *putinus (attested in Medieval Latin pusinnu, pittinus (small)), a blend of Late Latin pitinnus (very small) and the root of Classical Latin putus (young boy), putillus (very small).[1] Compare Aromanian putsãn; further Albanian picërr, Old Logudorese pithinnu, Tarantino piččinnu.[1]

An alternative, perhaps less likely, theory derives it from a Vulgar Latin root *paucinus, from Latin paucus (few, little)[2].

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

puțin m or n (feminine singular puțină, masculine plural puțini, feminine and neuter plural puține)

(determiner)

  1. a little, few, little
  2. some
  3. small (in quantity), little, reduced, meager

DeclensionEdit

AdverbEdit

puțin

  1. a little, few, a small amount
    Amicii mei înțeleg numai puțin românește.
    My friends understand only a little Romanian.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Przemysław Dębowiak, “Contribution à l’étymologie des adjectifs romans signifiant ‘petit’,” in Essays in the History of Languages and Linguistics: Dedicated to Marek Stachowski on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, eds. Michał Németh, Barbara Podolak, & Mateusz Urban (Krakow: Księgarnia Akademicka, 2017), 175–90.
  2. ^ http://www.dex.ro/pu%C8%9Bin