Meaning of GATTARA in Italian

Gattara in Italian

Gattara is the Italian translation for cat lady. It describes a woman who loves cats, often to an excessive extent.

A masculine version exists, gattaro, but is uncommon. This is because the stereotype associated with the term gattara often involves a woman.

OriginFrom the Italian word gatto, meaning “cat”, or gatta, “female cat”, coupled with the suffix -ara that comes from the Roman dialect to denote an activity (like paninaro, someone who’s into fashion and a certain lifestyle)

Cat lady

A cat lady’s obsession can have a negative connotation, like the “crazy cat lady” in The Simpsons cartoon.

Gattara in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, gattara has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Una gattara
A cat lady

Delle gattare
Some cat ladies

La gattara
The cat lady

Le gattare
The cat ladies

lady walking a cat

Gattara in Italian: Examples

La mia vicina di casa è una gattara.
My next-door neighbor is a cat lady.

La gattara del quartiere sfama una colonia di venti gatti.
The neighborhood cat lady feeds a colony of 20 cats.

Ci sono almeno dieci gatti che stanno aspettando davanti alla casa della gattara.
At least ten cats are waiting in front of the cat lady’s house.

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