The Alternative French Dictionary: aboyer

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aboyer etymology From Old French abayer, abaüer, probably of onomatopoetic origin. Compare Latin baubari, Italian abbaiare. pronunciation
  • [abwaje]
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verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, of a dog) to bark
  2. (intransitive) to scream at or inveigh against somebody
  3. (transitive, usually, pejorative) to scream or yell in short bouts; to bark exampleIl aboie des ordres sans s'arrêter pour respirer
  • To mark the target of the barking, the usual preposition is après; less common is contre, while à is dated.

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