punaise

See also: punaisé

FrenchEdit

 
punaise (1)
 
punaises (3)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /py.nɛz/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛz

Etymology 1Edit

From the feminine of punais (having a foul odor), from Vulgar Latin *pūtināsius, from Latin puteō + nāsus, based on nāriputēns.

NounEdit

punaise f (plural punaises)

  1. (entomology) bug, stinkbug; true bug (a member of order Heteroptera)
  2. bedbug
  3. tack, thumbtack, drawing pin
  4. (colloquial, derogatory, of a woman) a bug, a nothing (a term of abuse)
Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

punaise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of punaiser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of punaiser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of punaiser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of punaiser
  5. second-person singular imperative of punaiser

Etymology 2Edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

InterjectionEdit

punaise

  1. (colloquial) Euphemistic form of putain; darn, shoot, shucks

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