Do the intensifiers mean anything in particular, or do they just add emphasis?You have two intensifiers here, the prefix καρα- and the suffix -άρα. Πουτάνα is the word for whore, slut. You can find it intensified as καραπουτάνα or, rarely, as πουτανάρα. Καραπουτανάρα combines the two.
There is an alternative origin of "καρά", it comes from "κάρα" which means head in ancient Greek and it usually goes in front of greek surnames e.g. Καραγιώργος, the meaning is "big" or of high rank, something like this. So it can augment any other word.Thanks so much! This is very helpful.
I do not remember where I had encountered it, just keep it in mind, I will have to look up my sources, though notice that many etymologies are just speculations made by someone at some point in the past but are recycled around like facts even in well established dictionaries.!!!
Do you have any verification for this by a valid/serious source?
Agreed, but I'd rather have that dictionary 'guarantee' than any 'unofficial' opinion easily spread via biased websites.many etymologies are just speculations made by someone at some point in the past but are recycled around like facts even in well established dictionaries.