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EtymologyEdit

From Old French putain, from Latin puta (girl).

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  • IPA(key): /putˈta.na/, [put̪ˈt̪äːn̺ä]
  • Hyphenation: put‧tà‧na

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puttana f (plural puttane)

  1. (derogatory, vulgar slang) whore, slut, hooker, harlot, tart (British)
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XVIII, lines 133–135, page 275:
      Taïde è, la puttana che rispuose ¶ al drudo suo quando disse ‘Ho io grazie ¶ grandi apo te?’: ‘Anzi maravigliose!’.
      Thais the harlot is it, who replied ¶ unto her paramour, when he said, 'Have I ¶ great gratitude from thee?'--'Nay, marvellous'
  2. (derogatory, offensive) bitch
  3. trollop, strumpet, whore, streetwalker

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  • Greek: πουτάνα (poutána)

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