Cunt is a vulgar term for female genitalia, and is also used as a term of disparagement. Reflecting different national usages, cunt is described as "an unpleasant or stupid person" in the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, whereas Merriam-Webster indicates that it is a "usually disparaging and obscene" term for a woman or an "offensive way to refer to a woman" in the United States. The Macquarie Dictionary of Australian English gives "a contemptible person". When used with a positive qualifier (good, funny, clever, etc.) in Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, it can convey a positive sense of the object or person referred to.
The earliest known use of the word, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was as part of a placename of a London street, Gropecunt Lane, c. 1230. Use of the word as a term of abuse is relatively recent, dating from the late nineteenth century. The word appears to have not been strongly taboo in the Middle Ages, but became taboo towards the end of the eighteenth century, and was then not generally admissible in print until the latter part of the twentieth century. The term has various derivative senses, including adjective and verb uses. Scholar Germaine Greer argues that cunt "is one of the few remaining words in the English language with a genuine power to shock."
Cunt ( 1999) is a novel by Stewart Home written in the form of a journal kept by a novelist from Aldeburgh called David Kelso (who also has a false passport in the name of Kevin Callan).
Cunt is a vulgarism primarily referring to the female genitalia.
Cunt may also refer to:
- Cunt (album), by Australian grindcore band Blood Duster
- Cunt (novel), by Stewart Home
- Cunt: The Movie, a DVD produced by a group of Melbourne high school students
- Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, a 1998 feminist book by Inga Muscio
- CuNT, an acronym for a copper nanotube
Cunt is the third full-length album by Australian grindcore band Blood Duster. Despite, or because of, its deliberately vulgar and anti-commercialist title, Cunt proved to be the band's most successful release to that point of their career, earning them high amounts of radio play, especially by Triple J, even though its title did make life difficult for the distributors and it didn't make it into many high street shops for the same reason.
The title was not the only point of controversy about this album. The original cover, an image of a decapitated Fred Durst, drawn by Wes Benscoter, was dismissed by their label, Relapse Records, for fear of getting sued. The Australian release was issued in a plain black cover with the word "cunt" centred and printed in a small font. The cover displayed on the right greatly resembles that of American band Ween's 1994 album Chocolate & Cheese.
Cunt also saw the release of the band's first single, "Pornstorestiffi" in the form of a nu metal parody video played on Channel [V], a channel on which the band was also interviewed.
Cunt was a slight return to a more death/ grind style after their Southern rock-themed release Str8 Outta Northcote. The album also features a cover of the Impetigo song Dis-Organ-Ized, which originally featured on the tribute Wizards Of Gore, released on Razorback Records.
According to the liner notes, Cunt has 93 riffs and 2068 words, and a large amount of porn-themed audio samples from movies, mostly from Boogie Nights, Orgazmo and Australian film Idiot Box.
Because of the success of this album, Cole Clark Guitars decided to use Blood Duster to endorse their products, producing for them a guitar with the 'Cunt' logo across it. Guitarist Belthrower still uses this guitar.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"female intercrural foramen," or, as some 18c. writers refer to it, "the monosyllable," Middle English cunte "female genitalia," by early 14c. (in Hendyng's "Proverbs" -- ʒeve þi cunte to cunni[n]g, And crave affetir wedding), akin to Old Norse kunta, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, and Middle Low German kunte, from Proto-Germanic *kunton, which is of uncertain origin. Some suggest a link with Latin cuneus "wedge," others to PIE root *geu- "hollow place," still others to PIE *gwen-, root of queen and Greek gyne "woman."\n
\nThe form is similar to Latin cunnus "female pudenda" (also, vulgarly, "a woman"), which is likewise of disputed origin, perhaps literally "gash, slit," from PIE *sker- (1) "to cut," or literally "sheath," from PIE *kut-no-, from root *(s)keu- "to conceal, hide."\n\nHec vulva: a cunt. Hic cunnus: idem est.
[from Londesborough Illustrated Nominale, c.1500, in "Anglo-Saxon and Old English Vocabularies," eds. Wright and Wülcker, vol. 1, 1884]\nFirst known reference in English apparently is in a compound, Oxford street name Gropecuntlane cited from c.1230 (and attested through late 14c.) in "Place-Names of Oxfordshire" (Gelling & Stenton, 1953), presumably a haunt of prostitutes. Used in medical writing c.1400, but avoided in public speech since 15c.; considered obscene since 17c.\n
\nin Middle English also conte, counte, and sometimes queinte, queynte (for this, see q). Chaucer used quaint and queynte in "Canterbury Tales" (late 14c.), and Andrew Marvell might be punning on quaint in "To His Coy Mistress" (1650).\n\n"What eyleth yow to grucche thus and grone? Is it for ye wolde haue my queynte allone?"
[Wife of Bath's Tale]\nUnder "MONOSYLLABLE" Farmer lists 552 synonyms from English slang and literature before launching into another 5 pages of them in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. [A sampling: Botany Bay, chum, coffee-shop, cookie, End of the Sentimental Journey, fancy bit, Fumbler's Hall, funniment, goatmilker, heaven, hell, Itching Jenny, jelly-bag, Low Countries, nature's tufted treasure, parenthesis, penwiper, prick-skinner, seminary, tickle-toby, undeniable, wonderful lamp, and aphrodisaical tennis court, and, in a separate listing, Naggie. Dutch cognate de kont means "a bottom, an arse," but Dutch also has attractive poetic slang ways of expressing this part, such as liefdesgrot, literally "cave of love," and vleesroos "rose of flesh." \n
\nAlternative form cunny is attested from c.1720 but is certainly much earlier and forced a change in the pronunciation of coney (q.v.), but it was good for a pun while coney was still the common word for "rabbit": "A pox upon your Christian cockatrices! They cry, like poulterers' wives, 'No money, no coney.' " [Philip Massinger: "The Virgin-Martyr," Act I, Scene 1, 1622]
n. 1 (context vulgar countable English) The female genitalia, especially the vulva. 2 (context vulgar offensive countable English) An extremely unpleasant or objectionable person (in US, especially a woman; in UK or Ireland, more usually a man). 3 (context British NZ vulgar countable English) An objectionable object or item. 4 (context British Australia Ireland NZ Scotland vulgar English) An unpleasant or difficult experience or incident. 5 (context vulgar countable and uncountable English) A woman, women, or bottom as a source of sex. 6 (context Australia New Zealand British vulgar positive countable English) (with words '''funny''', '''good''') A person (mostly between male friends); compare bastard.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
cunt \cunt\, n.
The female pudenda; specifically the vagina. [vulgar slang]
A woman; -- usually used derogatorily and considered obscene.
Usage examples of "cunt".
When ah finish ah clocks this spider in the bath so ah blasts the cunt wi baith taps, flushin the fucker away, before gaun in tae the bedroom next door.
Alice slowly raised herself off Connie, with eyes still humid with lust and her cunt bedewed with love-juice.
Pill Popping, Dope Smoking, Cunt Eating, Mother Fucker, Outlaw Biker, Brother Trash.
Pope like all these rich cunts and cocksuckers you read about, Then I coulda stayed in the church.
Polmont throws a load ay papers oaf the desk, n tries tae yank the phone oot by the socket, like they dae in the films, only the cunt disnae budge, once, twice.
What dae ye call it in Glesgay, whin ye git two cunts oan drugs, huvin a knife-fight wi each other?
Thir wis nowt that we could dae except tae jist walk right through they school gates n acroass that tarmac playground at the front doors whaire that cunt wis standin lookin like fuckin Hitler.
Gentleman wis right tae dae what eh did, that cunt Blackie wis oot ay order.
These cunts up the stairs, the Barclays, they jist lit that dug oot n it runs doon the stairs tae dae its stuff oan the waste.
Even Ewart, that drug-addled cunt, was a top deejay and rumoured to be a millionaire.
He had called him a miserable perverted gobshite cunt and trusted to the slur in his voice and speed in his delivery to obscure the meaning.
Terry runs in and gubs the bastard n Birrell just starts punchin every cunt.
In the second, the male natives of Joy Hall seem to care only if a woman has cunt, bum-hole and mouth, probably in that order of priority.
Billy wis sayin thit eh once saw that scruff-boy fae Leith, that Spud Murphy, git huckled fir chorin handbags whin eh thoat nae cunt could see wi the smoke machine oan.
Ah used tae hate the cunt when ah wis first-year, but when ye git aulder eh hus mair ay a crack wi ye.