po·​co·​cu·​ran·​te | \ ˈpō-kō-kyu̇-ˈran-tē How to pronounce pococurante (audio) , -ku̇- \

Definition of pococurante

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from pococurante

pococurantism \ ˈpō-​kō-​kyu̇-​ˈran-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce pococurante (audio) , -​ku̇-​ \ noun

Did You Know?

The French writer Voltaire carefully named his characters in Candide (1759) to create allegories. He appended the prefix pan-, meaning "all," to "glōssa," the Greek word for "tongue," to name his optimistic tutor "Pangloss," a sobriquet suggesting glibness and talkativeness. Then there is the apathetic Venetian Senator Pococurante, whose name appropriately means "caring little" in Italian. Voltaire's characters did not go unnoticed by later writers. Laurence Sterne used "Pococurante" in part six of Tristram Shandy, published three years after Candide, to mean "a careless person," and Irish poet Thomas Moore first employed the word as an adjective when he described Dublin as a poco-curante place in his memoirs of 1815.

Examples of pococurante in a Sentence

she has put up a strangely pococurante front throughout this whole ordeal

First Known Use of pococurante

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pococurante

Italian poco curante caring little

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pococurante

Time Traveler for pococurante

Time Traveler

The first known use of pococurante was in 1815

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about pococurante

Statistics for pococurante

Cite this Entry

“Pococurante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pococurante. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on pococurante

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pococurante

Comments on pococurante

What made you want to look up pococurante? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!