Cojones



[kaw-haw-nes; English kuh-hoh-neys, -neez] /kɔˈhɔ nɛs; English kəˈhoʊ neɪs, -niz/

noun, Spanish: Sometimes Vulgar.
1.
(used with a plural verb) .
2.
.
/koˈxones/
plural noun
1.
testicles
2.
manly courage
noun

courage
Word Origin

Spanish cojon ‘testicle’
Usage Note

slang
n.

“courage,” literally “balls,” 1932, from Spanish cojon “testicle,” from Latin coleus, culleus (source of Italian coglione), literally “a leather sack,” related to Greek koleos “sheath, scabbard (see cell). In English, first attested in Hemingway.

noun

Courage; audacity; balls: requiring cojones the size of the award-winning cabbages at the state fair/ You’ve got stainless steel cojones, Dave

[1932+; fr Spanish ”testicles”]

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