Meaning of PIEDIPIATTI in Italian

What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word piedipiatti in Italian? Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences.

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What does piedipiatti mean in Italian?

Piedipiatti is a slang term used to refer to police officers. It’s a bit like calling them “cops” in English, or, using a dated slang word, “flatfoot”.

How do you pronounce it?

Cop, flatfoot

The pronunciation of piedipiatti in Italian is similar to pyeh-dee-PYAT-tee. The term piedipiatti in Italian literally means “flat feet.” The origin of the term is not entirely clear, but it might be related to the stereotype that police officers, who are often on their feet patrolling, might have… well, flat feet.

Another derogatory term exists, sbirro. You’ll often hear this words from thieves and thugs in movies!

policeman catching a criminal

Un piedipiatti
A cop

Dei piedipiatti
Some cops

Il piedipiatti
The cop

I piedipiatti
The cops

For example, you can say:

Hai visto quei due piedipiatti in uniforme?
Did you see those two cops in uniform?

Ho incrociato i piedipiatti mentre tornavo a casa.
I ran into the cops on my way home.

Michele si è fatto catturare dai piedipiatti!
Michele got caught by the cops!

policeman stopping traffic

Let’s make a couple of examples with sbirro, too:

Attento, c’è un controllo degli sbirri più avanti.
Be careful, there’s a cop check ahead.

Gli sbirri ci hanno fatto delle domande.
The cops asked us some questions.

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