What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word sfigato in Italian?
Sfigato is the Italian translation for “unlucky”. Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences!
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What does sfigato mean in Italian?
As said, sfigato is the Italian translation for unlucky. However, more often than not, it’s used as an insult for someone who is considered unsuccessful or uncool, a “loser”.
How do you pronounce it?
The pronunciation of sfigato in Italian is similar to sfee-GAH-toh. Sfigato comes from a word that you shouldn’t say out loud and that designates a woman’s private parts (kind of like the c-word, but not that powerful). Just remove the initial s- and the final -to.
The initial s- is a prefix that means “without”, so sfigato actually means “without c-word”: somebody who’s so unlucky they can’t hook up with anyone.
From sfigato you get the colloquial word sfiga, which means “rotten luck”. Be careful not to add a -w sound to the final -o. Italian vowel sounds are clean.
A feminine version exists, sfigata.
For example, you can say:
Luca mi ha appena dato dello sfigato!
Luca just called me a loser!
Ho rotto i pantaloni nuovi. Che sfiga!
I broke my new pants. What a bummer!
Sono sfigata in amore. Non ho ancora trovato il ragazzo giusto.
I am unlucky in love. I haven’t found the right guy yet.
Other meanings of sfigato in Italian
Sfigato can also mean “nerd” or “dweeb”. This is pejorative.
Paolo è lo sfigato della classe.
Paul is the class dweed.
Elena è una sfigata, non indossa mai abiti firmati.
Elena is a loser, she never wears designer clothes.
When talking about places, it also means “lame”.
Non vorrai tornare in quel ristorante sfigato con i tavoli di plastica?
You don’t want to go back to that lame restaurant with the plastic tables, do you?
In the movie Meet the Parents with Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller, there’s a cat called Jinx. This has been localized into Italian as sfigatto, a wordplay based on sfiga, “rotten luck”, and gatto, “cat”!
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