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Use of the Word: "Poing"  

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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!


This topic was modified 6 months ago 2 times by purpcran

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

Aucune de vos illustrations ne correspond à cette définition.


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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).




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