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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Definitions for pococurante

  1. a careless or indifferent person.
  2. caring little; indifferent; nonchalant.

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Citations for pococurante
"I believe you are misinformed, sir," said Jekyl dryly, and then resumed as deftly as he could, his proper character of a pococurante. Sir Walter Scott, St. Ronan's Well, 1823
Calling a careless person a "pococurante" or other fancy name will not, by the precision of the term, suddenly make the careless careful. Jeff VanderMeer, The Third Bear, 2010
Origin of pococurante
1755-1765
The English noun and adjective pococurante is a straightforward borrowing from Italian, even retaining its Italian pronunciation. Pococurante in both languages means “caring little, indifferent.” The first element poco in Italian is an indefinite adjective and adverb meaning “little, a little,” descended from the Latin adjective paucus “few” (the Latin adjective is related to Gothic fawai, Old English fēawe, and Middle English fewe, all plural adjectives of indefinite quantity meaning “few”). The Italian adjective curante is the present participle of the verb curare (the Latin forms are cūrant- and cūrāre) "to watch over, look after, cure.” The Latin verb is a derivative of the noun cūra “worry, concern, object of care,” of unknown etymology. Pococurante entered English in the 18th century.