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nene (Noun) "child;" (slang) "cutey"

18th cent. Of unknown origin. Probably related to niño and probably by way of reduplication of the first syllable *ne- during the late Vulgar Latin period. A time when <i> and <e> were markedly unstable in Iberia when representing short vowels.

Dialect Variants: Colunga nenín, nenucu, nenón.