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Use of the Word: "Poing"  

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purpcran
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2 August 2020 6:08  

I know it usually means "fist", and that it used to mean "hand" in Old French a long time ago.  But do native speakers ever use "poing" to mean hand?  Under what circumstances would it be appropriate?  

Like would or could you use "poing" to describe these hand positions:

 

Thank you in advance!

 

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 lkl
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4 August 2020 16:58  

No, I can't think of any examples where poing means "hand" now, and I wouldn't use it to describe any of your images.


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Boisvert
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20 August 2020 15:44  

https://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/Poing

Le "Poing" est, fondamentalement, une main fermée.

Aucune de vos illustrations ne correspond à cette définition.

Denis


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midoan
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2 September 2020 4:55  

Comme le signale le CNRTL, "poing" ne signifie que très rarement "main (ouverte)" (avec, éventuellement, le poignet). Dans ce sens particulier, on trouve quelquefois l'expression "pieds et poings liés".

Voir aussi le mot "poigne", signifiant force exercée par la main ; au sens de "main", c'est une forme vieillie.

Enfin, le mot "pogne" signifie bien "main", mais c'est un mot populaire (donc, non utilisé dans la langue soignée).

 

Michel


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