Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Vulgar Slang The vulva.
  • noun Used as a disparaging term for a woman.
  • noun Used as a disparaging term for a person one dislikes or finds extremely disagreeable.
  • noun Vulgar Slang Sexual intercourse with a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun vulgar slang The female pudenda; specifically the vagina.
  • noun A woman; -- usually used derogatorily and considered obscene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun vulgar, colloquial, countable The female genitalia, especially the vulva.
  • noun vulgar, offensive, colloquial, countable An extremely unpleasant or objectionable person (in US, especially a woman; in UK or Ireland, more usually a man).
  • noun UK, New Zealand, vulgar, colloquial, countable An objectionable object or item.
  • noun UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, vulgar, colloquial An unpleasant or difficult experience or incident.
  • noun vulgar, colloquial, countable and uncountable A woman, women, or bottom as a source of sex.
  • noun Australia, New Zealand, UK, vulgar, colloquial, countable A person (mostly between male friends); compare bastard.

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  • noun obscene terms for female genitals
  • noun a person (usually but not necessarily a woman) who is thoroughly disliked

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cunte.]

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From Middle English cunte, queynt, queynte from Old English *cunte, from Proto-Germanic *kuntōn. Cognate with Frisian kunte, dialectal Swedish kunta, dialectal Danish kunte, Dutch kont ("arse") and Icelandic kunta. A relationship to Latin cunnus has not been conclusively shown.

Examples

  • While I realized I hold distinctly different views on the world from most of the people there I would also have to say that I am aghast that they'd use the word "slut" or that they would wonder why there is such a strong reaction to the term cunt or slut.

    Bread n Roses poster: Bev Oda is a slut

  • I want books with the word cunt as well as the word kike.

    TalkTalk

  • I want books with the word cunt as well as the word kike.

    TalkTalk

  • Sure, all of the “educated”, “middle class” “Guardian” “readers” who pat themselves on the back because they ‘get’ Chris Morris, think that the word cunt is a non-issue and probably deal with the word in a ‘been there, done that’ detachedness.

    C.U.Next Tuesday - :: gia’s blog ::

  • A Flynt apologist could probably wiggle away from the sexism of the word cunt; harder to excuse was Flynt's preposterous suggestion that Sandra Day O'Connor's appointment was meritless, an empty gesture of political correctness.

    Slate Articles

  • In my (Highland) experience, then, 'cunt' is more likely to be used as a general obscenity - on hurting oneself, etc. - by women, or as a comment on particular behaviour as above.

    On Profanity: 3

  • How the fuck we PAY for the ugly cunt is beyond me.

    Face Transplant Man: "I'm Still Bloody Ugly"

  • Trying to picture a literally “pendulous” cunt is quite amusing.

    Matthew Yglesias » Who’s “Ideological” in the Health Care Debate?

  • A man who walked out on his injured wife and their kids for his billionaire mistress - whom he calls a cunt, publicly.

    New McCain Ad Congratulates Obama

  • So Jane Fonda says the word cunt on the Today Show.

    Samara O'Shea: The "N" Word on Network Television

Comments

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  • I like that this is one of the last few words in the language that can really shock people.

    December 4, 2006

  • Good note Pathar. I can't think of a word in the English language which is more shocking, or offensive.

    December 4, 2006

  • What a fantastic, descriptive word. I don't get to use it very often, but it is an absolute pleasure when I do.

    December 7, 2006

  • Yet this shocking word is cognate with quaint. Odd, eh?

    December 9, 2006

  • Definitely one of my favorite words. Even today, where words that were once considered taboo and deeply offensive are used, in many instances, in our day to day language, the word cunt has managed to retain its shock value, and can still illicit a very visceral reaction.

    June 13, 2007

  • Not only quaint, but also kind and kenning - the roots give new meaning to the branches.

    June 15, 2007

  • Also related to coney or cunny.

    September 18, 2007

  • I find the notion that the word 'cunt' is considered offensive bizarre. Cunts are warm, deep & delightful - you should only call someone a cunt if they have these characteristics.

    November 3, 2007

  • Not a listener of the Savage Lovecast are you lalala?

    November 3, 2007

  • Sweetest taboo? Maybe English speaking world just doesn't know how to use the word imaginatively, like for example the Italians use figa. Or The Spanish use coño. Not to mention The Finns and their favourite word, the v-word vittu.

    Other variations: cunte, counte, Middle English; kut, The Netherlands; kunta, Old Norse; queynthe Middle English; qwim, sixteenth century England; chuint, Ireland; kus, Arabic & Hebrew.

    Some etymologists think it derives from words, queen, country or cunning - cunnende. What it comes to the root, cu, it is said to signify 'quintessential physical femininity´.

    Catherine Blackledge: The story of V.

    March 6, 2008