Italian swear words

Every language has its own swear words, and Italian is no exception. Italian swear words, or parolacce, or are used in everyday conversations, especially the milder bad words.

How to pronounce Italian swear words

To get you started, here are some of the mildest Italian swear words. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more Italian swear words.

  • Accidenti! - Damn it, holy smoke! (lit. accidents)
  • Porca vacca! - Holy cow! (lit. pig cow)
  • Porca miseria! - For God’s sake, for Goodness’ sake (lit. pig misery)
  • Porco cane! - For God’s sake! (lit. pig dog)
  • Cavolo! - Holy smoke! (lit. cabbage)
  • Col cavolo! - No way! (lit. with the cabbage!)
  • Madonna! - Good God! (lit. Madonna)
  • Madonna santa! - Good God! (lit. saint Madonna)
  • Che due palle! - What the heck! (lit. what two balls)
  • Dio santo! - Oh my God! (lit. saint God)

Let’s begin with these, as they are reasonably safe to use!

Mild Italian swear words

Accidenti!

Damn it, holy smoke! (lit. accidents)

Porca vacca!

Holy cow! (lit. pig cow)

Porca miseria!

For God’s sake, for Goodness’ sake (lit. pig misery)

Porco cane!

For God’s sake! (lit. pig dog)

Cavolo!

Holy smoke! (lit. cabbage)

Col cavolo!

No way! (lit. with the cabbage!)

Madonna!

Good God! (lit. Madonna)

Madonna santa!

Good God! (lit. saint Madonna)

Che due palle!

What the heck! (lit. what two balls)

Dio santo!

Oh my God! (lit. saint God)

Oh mio Dio!

Oh my God!

Al diavolo!

To hell with that! (lit. to the devil)

These are harsher, but still very common:

Not so mild Italian swear words

Cazzo!

Shit! (lit. d*ck)

Merda!

Shit!

Minchia!

Shit! (southern variant of “cazzo”)

Porca puttana!

Fck! (lit. pig whre)

Porco Giuda!

F*ck! (lit. pig Judas)

Porca Eva!

F*ck! (lit. Eve)

Che due coglioni!

What the f*ck (lit. what two nuts)

Puttana!

B*tch!

Stronzo!

A**hole! (male variant; lit. “turd”)

Stronza!

A**hole! (female)

Testa di cazzo!

D*ckhead!

Vaffanculo

Fck! Go fck yourself! (lit. shortened variant of “go do a**es”)

Va’ a fare in culo!

Go fck yourself! (less common than “vaffanculo”, literally “go do a*es”)

Fottiti!

Go f*ck yourself!

Coglione!

Moron!

Figlio di puttana!

Son of a b*tch!

Leccaculo

Kiss a** (lit. licka**)

Blasphemies almost always begin with porco followed by a religious entity (Giuda and Eva are exceptions, as we’ve seen above). They are very common among all age groups, although they are more common among teenagers.

People living in the Veneto region are famous for cursing (it could be said it’s almost a tradition), but in all other parts of Italy blasphemies are considered very rude and in a not-so-distant past this kind of cursing would violate the law. Be careful when you use them!

Thus ends our free lesson. I hope you learned tons of “colorful” words!

A presto!
Maria DiLorenzi
Rocket Italain


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