putevile (1396)

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putevile (1396)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *9,634b putidus; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  put (*); DMF:  puteville; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

Considering the word's derogatory sense, an etumology associated with the words put1 and vil1 seems likely. The DMF tentatively suggests a reading as ‘pute[s] vilez’. For a similar issue, see puteleime.


1femalewhore, prostitute, lascivious woman (?)
( 1396; MS: s.xv1 )  Et quant il vendra al but de la ville, il demandra le chymyne a une putevile tout ainsi: ‘Ma commere, q’est le droit chymyn vers Parys?’  8.10
( 1415; MS: s.xv1/4 )  de lez ribaudes ou paillardez, putaignes, putevilez et villayns, larouns, felouns et traitours  79.16
( 1415-17; MS: s.xv1 )  [...] des ribaudez, ou pailardez, putaynez, putiveils et vilayns, larons, felons et traitours  (D) 26
put#1  putage  putain  putainer  pute#1  putee#1  puteer  putel  puteleime  putement  puter  putere  puteresse  puterie  putie  putois 
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