1. danithan New Member

    Sorry to be vulgar, but I'm trying to figure out a word that I've heard and am trying to use in a story. The word sounds like 'putaña' or 'putania'. I know it comes from the word 'puta' with a diminutive added to it... at least, I think. So, in English, it means something like, "little whore," or something. Does anyone know the correct spelling of it? Am I even close with the two spellings I've tried here?

    Thanks for the help. And, please excuse the vulgarity.
  2. JeSuisSnob

    JeSuisSnob Moderator

    Mexico City
    Mexican Spanish
  3. SDLX Master

    SDLX Master Senior Member

    Lima, Peru
    Spanish - Peru
    That's not diminutive. It is actually derogatory.
  4. JeSuisSnob

    JeSuisSnob Moderator

    Mexico City
    Mexican Spanish
    diminutivo, va.
    (Del lat. diminutīvus).

    1. adj. Que tiene cualidad de disminuir o reducir a menos algo.
    2. adj. Gram. Dicho de un sufijo: Que denota disminución de tamaño en el objeto designado, p. ej., en piedrecilla, o que lo presenta con intención emotiva o apelativa, p. ej., en ¡Qué nochecita más atroz! Una limosnita. Se usa también con adjetivos y adverbios con significación intensiva; p. ej., ahorita, cerquita, pequeñín.
    3. m. Gram. Palabra formada con sufijos diminutivos.
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    "Putita" is derogatory and diminutive.

    Saludos, SDLX.
  5. Ushuaia

    Ushuaia Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    castellano rioplatense
    What kind of word is it (a noun, a verb...)?

    The closest word to the one you describe is "putañear" (which may sound like "putañiar"), an informal verb meaning "to have sex with prostitutes"; the adjective is "putañero" (which of course is always masculine, since "puta" and "puto" don´t share meaning.)


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