puteleime (1267)

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puteleime (1267)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *9,632a putidus; Gdf: 6,473a puteleime; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  put (puteleime); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

Used as a name, the word is called a neologism by the editor of Lum Lais ants. While the association with put1 and consequently its derogatory sense seem to be likely, the etymology or meaning of the second half of the word, -(e)leime, remain unclear. The manuscript variants demonstrate the apparent ambiguity of this lexeme, even to the medieval scribe or reader. For a similar issue, see putevile.


1whore, prostitute, lascivious woman (?)
( 1267; MS: c.1300 )  E damoysele Puteleime (var. (Y: s.xiii4/4) puteyn eyme; (D: s.xiv1/4) puceline) Ke meint humme desleaument eyme  3181
put#1  putage  putain  putainer  pute#1  putee#1  puteer  putel  putement  puter  putere  puteresse  puterie  putevile  putie  putois 
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