Puellus, the young male love object?



Based on the above bit of Lucilius, I find myself rather doubting the dictionary definition of puellus.  Perhaps it  derives from a diminution of puer, but I think at very least its connotations are of a boy used as girl, i.e. for sexual purposes.

Cf. this rare deponent verb.  All the rest of the words beginning puell- have strong feminine meaning as part of their denotations.


A quick word search shows just how rare this vocabulary is and its sexual overtones.


See C. Williams 2nd ed p. 301 n. 33

and the more extensive discussion by Chahoud.

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