is a vulgar word for the vulva or vagina 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 states that it is a "usually disparaging and obscene" term for a woman In Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, it can also be used as a neutral or, when used with a positive qualifier (good, funny, clever, etc.), positive way of referring to a person.In Act III, Scene 2, of Hamlet, as the castle's residents are settling in to watch the play-within-the-play, Hamlet asks his girlfriend Ophelia, "Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
Possibly related was the word cunny [kʌni], with the same meaning, at Wiltshire.
The word "cunty" is also known, although used rarely: a line from Hanif Kureishi's My Beautiful Laundrette is the definition of England by a Pakistani immigrant as "eating hot buttered toast with cunty fingers", suggestive of hypocrisy and a hidden sordidness or immorality behind the country's quaint façade.
According to research into American usage carried out in 20 by forensic linguist Jack Grieve of Aston University and others, including researchers from the University of South Carolina, based on a corpus of nearly 9 billion words in geotagged tweets, the word was most frequently used in New England and was least frequently used in the south-eastern states.
In 2016, the word was used by a judge in a British court: when a man was being sentenced, he is reported to have said to the judge that she was "a bit of a cunt", to which the judge replied "You're a bit of a cunt too." The judge's behaviour met with a mixed reception in the British media.
They cry, like poulterers' wives, 'No money, no coney.'") In the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the central character Mc Murphy, when pressed to explain exactly why he does not like the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, says, "Well, I don't want to break up the meeting or nothing, but she's something of a cunt, ain't she, Doc? He's a good cunt." In the Survey of English Dialects the word was recorded in some areas as meaning "the vulva of a cow".
This was pronounced as [kʌnt] in Devon, and [kʊnt] in the Isle of Man, Gloucestershire and Northumberland.
This ambiguity was still being exploited by the 17th century; Andrew Marvell's ...
then worms shall try / That long preserved virginity, / And your quaint honour turn to dust, / And into ashes all my lust in To His Coy Mistress depends on a pun on these two senses of "quaint".
The word in its modern meaning is attested in Middle English.
Proverbs of Hendyng, a manuscript from some time before 1325, includes the advice: Despite criticisms, there is a movement among feminists that seeks to reclaim cunt not only as acceptable, but as an honorific, in much the same way that queer has been reappropriated by LGBT people and nigger has been by some African-Americans.; artist Tee Corinne in The Cunt Coloring Book (1975); and Eve Ensler in "Reclaiming Cunt" from The Vagina Monologues.
It is sometimes unclear whether the two words were thought of as distinct from one another.