The Alternative French Dictionary

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métallo etymology apocopic form of métallurgiste
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) metal worker; metallurgist
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. metic
  2. (pejorative) wop
métier etymology From Old French mestier, from Latin ministerium. pronunciation
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  • /me.tje/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. job; profession
Synonyms: (informal) boulot, emploi, (informal) job, travail
  • ermite, mérite, mérité
métro etymology Apocope of métropolitain pronunciation
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  • /met.ʁɔ/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. subway (US), underground (UK), Tube (UK)
  2. (France, informal) Someone from metropolitan France
  • Russian: метро́ 〈metró〉
  • morte
mettre les adjas
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (slang) to make a move, bugger off; to leave
pronoun: {{fr-pron}}
  1. (slang) Me (first-person singular personal pronoun).
Synonyms: See moi
quotations: {{rfquote}}
related terms:
  • tézigue, cézigue, noszigues, voszigues, leurszigues
miche pronunciation
  • /miʃ/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. round loaf, cob loaf
  2. (in the plural, colloquial) buns, bum, butt
noun: {{head}}
  1. (plurale tantum, slang) bum, butt
  2. plural of miche
minette etymology feminine of minet. pronunciation
  • /mi.nɛt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (female) kitten
  2. (female) puss, pussycat
  3. (colloquial) cool chick, very young girl
    • 1995, Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Khéops: Malgré ses quarante ans, elle pouvait sans honte s'aligner devant des flopées de minettes.
  4. (slang) muff diving, cunnilingus
  5. kind of iron mineral
Synonyms: (kitten) minet {{g}}
  • Russian: мине́т 〈minét〉
    • Armenian: մինետ 〈minet〉
    • Georgian: მინეტი 〈minetʼi〉
  • Portuguese: minete
mini pronunciation
  • /
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. small; tiny
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) minimum; minimally
  • maxi
minot etymology From Gallo-Romance root *min- (compare minou, minet) + ot. pronunciation
  • /mino/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (Marseille slang) kid, lad
    • 1995, Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Khéops: Y veulent voir quoi, ces minots? Hein ! Vé, tu peux me le dire !
minou etymology Variant of minet. pronunciation
  • /minu/
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noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, infantile) pussycat
  2. (slang) pussy
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (Quebec, informal) an old car, a bucket
mioche etymology From mie + oche. pronunciation
  • /mjɔʃ/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) kid, nipper; brat
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal, especially in plural) peeper(s) (eyes)
mitrailler etymology From mitraille pronunciation
  • /mi.tʁ
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) to machine-gun, to fire
  2. (transitive) to snap away take many photos of
  3. (transitive, vulgar) to pummel have hard sex with
related terms:
  • mitrailleur
mob etymology Abbreviated form of mobylette. pronunciation
  • /mɔb/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) scooter, moped
moche etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • [mɔʃ]
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) ugly
    • Putain, qu'est-ce qu'elle est moche !
Synonyms: laid
  • chôme, chômé
moé pronunciation
  • /mwe/
pronoun: {{fr-pron}}
  1. (Quebec, colloquial) form of alternative form
moisir etymology From vl *mucīre, from Latin mūcere, from mūcus. pronunciation
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verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (ergative) (to cause) to go mouldy
  2. (informal) to hang around, to gather dust
related terms:
  • moule
molard etymology From mou Alternative forms: mollard
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) spit wad (a wad of spittle spat by someone)
Synonyms: crachat, glaviot, graillon
molarder etymology molard + er Alternative forms: mollarder
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (slang) to spit, gob
mollard etymology From mou Alternative forms: molard
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) spit wad (a wad of spittle spat by someone)
Synonyms: crachat, glaviot, graillon
mollarder etymology mollard + er Alternative forms: molarder
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (slang) to spit, gob
mollement etymology molle + ment pronunciation
  • /mɔl.mɑ̃/
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (literally) softly
  2. (figuratively, pejorative) weakly; feebly
  3. (figuratively, pejorative) effeminately
mollo etymology From mollement. pronunciation
  • /mɔ.lo/
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (informal) softly, gently Vas-y mollo, c’est fragile ! Take it easy, it's fragile!
Synonyms: doucement
molosse etymology Borrowed from Latin molossus (in molossus canis), from Ancient Greek Μολοσσός 〈Molossós〉. pronunciation
  • /mɔlɔs/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (literary or humorous) huge dog, great hound
môme etymology Probably imitative of a child's first attempts at speech. pronunciation
  • /mom/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) kid, brat
  2. (colloquial) chick, bird (girl)
mon cul
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) my ass (indicator of disbelief)
    • Mon cul que tu travaillais, on vous entendait baiser, ta copine et toi.
proper noun: {{fr-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) Montparnasse (area of Paris)
morceau pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /mɔʁ.so/
etymology From Old French morsel (whence also English morsel), from Malayalam morsellum, diminutive of Latin morsum, neuter of morsus, past participle of mordeo, from Proto-Indo-European *merə-.
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. piece, slice, bit, morsel
  2. (Quebec, slang) gun, piece
related terms:
  • morceler
  • morcellement
  • mors
  • morsel
  • morsure
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) greedyguts (greedy person)
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) to pay, to be in for it
morgane etymology Popularized by 's
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (informal) madly in love Il est morgane de moi! — He is crazy about me!
mortel etymology Old French, from Latin mortālis. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /mɔʁ.tɛl/
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. deadly
  2. (colloquial) wicked; cool; ace
morue etymology From Old French morlue. pronunciation
  • /mɔ.ʁy/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. cod
  2. (derogatory) a whore; a broad
  3. (pejorative) an ugly person
Synonyms: (ugly person) thon
motte pronunciation
  • /mɔt/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. motte (mound of earth)
  2. clod, lump of earth
  3. block (of butter)
  4. (colloquial) (pubic) mound, mons veneris
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (Québec) money, cash.
mou etymology From Latin mollis. pronunciation
  • /mu/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. soft, pliable
  2. (informal) pansy, spineless Quelle bande de couilles molles! What a bunch of pansy (ass) wimps!
noun: {{head}}
  1. lungs, lights (of a slaughtered animal)
mouais etymology Popular pronunciation of oui, compare ouais pronunciation
  • /mwɛ/
interjection: {{fr-intj}}
  1. (informal) yeah; yep; sure
moucher etymology From Latin muccare, from mucus pronunciation
  • /mu.ʃe/
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to blow (someone's) nose
  2. (transitive, colloquial) to put someone in their place
  3. (reflexive) to blow one's nose
  • chômeur
moucheron etymology From mouche. pronunciation
  • /muʃʁɔ̃/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. gnat, midge
  2. (colloquial) kid, nipper
mouflet pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) kid (child)
mouiller etymology From Old French moillier, from a hypothetical vl *molliāre (cf. also molliō), from Latin mollia, substantivation of the adjective mollis. Cognate with Catalan mullar, Occitan molhar, Portuguese molhar, Romanian muia, Spanish mojar. pronunciation
  • /
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  • {{hyphenation}}
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to make wet, get wet, dampen, moisten
  2. (transitive, cooking) to water (down)
  3. (transitive, nautical) to cast, drop (anchor)
  4. (transitive, linguistics) to palatalize
  5. (intransitive, nautical) to anchor, lie at anchor
    • 1955, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, 1993 ed., Plon (publisher), ISBN 978-2-259-00359-1, chap. IX, p. 90 Le 10 novembre, Villegaignon mouille dans la baie de Guanabara, où Français et Portugais se disputaient depuis plusieurs années les faveurs des indigènes. — On November 10th, Villegaignon anchored in the bay of Guanabara, where for several years the French and the Portuguese had been vying with each other in wooing the natives. — 1973, John & Doreen Weightman (trans.), Tristes Tropiques, 2011 ed., Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-197073-8
  6. (intransitive, slang) to be so frightened as to piss oneself
  7. (intransitive, slang, sex) to be wet
related terms:
  • mou
moule pronunciation
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  • /mul/
etymology 1 Borrowed from Latin modulus.
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (arts, industry) mould (UK), mold (US)
  2. (typography) matrix
  3. (cooking) (cake) tin (UK), pan (US)
etymology 2 From vl *musclus, from Latin musculus.
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (zoology) mussel
  2. (colloquial) idiot, prat, twit
  3. (vulgar, slang, anatomy) cunt
etymology 3 Inflected forms.
verb: {{fr-verb-form}}
  1. inflection of mouler
  2. inflection of mouler
  3. inflection of mouler
  4. inflection of mouler
  5. inflection of mouler
  6. inflection of moudre
  7. inflection of moudre
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (Quebec, informal) cowardly, wimpy
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) wig
mouquère Alternative forms: moukère etymology From a European pidgin word spoken in Algeria, originally from Spanish mujer. pronunciation
  • /mu.kɛʁ/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. Maghribi woman
  2. (slang) hooker, tart
noun: {{head}}
  1. (pejorative) place to die
related terms:
  • mourir
mouron pronunciation
  • /muʁɔ̃/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. Anagallis arvensis
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  7. (slang) worries "Te fais pas de mouron" : Do not worry.
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) brat, kid (young boy)
moyen etymology From Old French moien, from Latin mediānus. pronunciation
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  • /mwa.jɛ̃/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. way, method of doing something
  2. medium
Synonyms: capacité
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. middle
  2. average
  3. (Canada, informal, euphemistic) Big; impressive; serious.
    • 1996, Chrystine Brouillet, C'est pour mieux t'aimer mon enfant, 2-89021-279-9, page 52, “"Tu t'es embarquée dans une moyene galère, Biscuit!" — You got yourself something big there, Cookie!
Synonyms: ordinaire
related terms:
  • moyennement
  • Moyen Âge, Moyen-Âge
  • Moyen-Orient
suffix: {{fr-suffix}}
  1. (slang, uncommon) Suffix added to the end of any word to make it more incomprehensible. Ménilmuche
museau etymology Diminutive form of Old French mus, from ll musus. pronunciation
  • /my.zo/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. snout, muzzle (long, projecting nose, mouth and jaw of a beast)
  2. (colloquial) face
n'empêche etymology Contraction of il n’empêche que
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (informal) despite all, nevertheless, still
nabot etymology Probably form a denasalised form of nain + bot. pronunciation
  • /nabo/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) dwarf, midget
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. dwarfish, tiny
  • bâton
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (informal) nah, nope
Synonyms: non (standard French)
nana etymology Diminutive form of Anne, Anna, popularised after 's 1880 novel . pronunciation
  • /
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) chick, bird (especially when attractive)
  • Anna
nase etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (slang) busted, knackered
  2. (slang) knackered, beat (tired)
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (informal) worthless; useless
  2. (informal) knackered; beat (exhausted)
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur, vulgar) nigger
Synonyms: nègre
neige etymology Deverbally derived from neiger. Replaced Old French noif, from Latin nix, nivis. pronunciation
  • /nɛʒ/
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noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. snow, crystalline frozen precipitation. exampleLa neige est blanche. The snow is white.
  2. (informal) cocaine, crack
related terms:
  • bonhomme de neige
  • boule de neige
  • neiger
  • neigeux / neigeuse
  • névé
  • nivôse
  • génie, ignée
nénette etymology unknown pronunciation
  • /nenɛt/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) girl.
  2. (archaic) head. Only used in "se casser la nénette".
  • entente
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (offensive) Vietnamese
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) titty, boob breast
Synonyms: nichon, sein
  • brandi
nicher pronunciation
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  • /ni.ʃe/
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. to nest (bird)
  2. to nestle
  3. (slang) to hang out
  • chiner
nichon pronunciation
  • /ni.ʃɔ̃/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) boob, tit, breast
nickel {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ni.kɛl/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. nickel metal
related terms:
  • nickelage
  • nickeler
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (slang) spotless
  2. (slang) perfect, bang on
niquer etymology The slang acceptance of this term is quite recent and in previous centuries niquer was only met in pique-niquer with the unslang meaning of taking a light lunch outside. See pique-nique. The etymology of the vulgar use of the verb appears to be from the Arabic root n-i-k "to have sex; to penetrate"; compare ناك 〈nạk〉. pronunciation
  • /
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (slang) To fuck, to shag.
    • J'ai envie de la niquer.
  2. (slang) To deceive.
    • Il m'a bien niqué, avec ses belles promesses.
  3. (slang) To break, to destroy.
  4. (slang) To steal.
  5. (slang) To beat, to hit.
Synonyms: (to fuck) baiser, fourrer, tringler, foutre, mettre, (to deceive) baiser, rouler, enculer, entuber, avoir, (to break) foutre en l'air, (to steal) chourrer, chourraver, faucher, piquer, tirer, (to beat) casser la gueule, flanquer une rouste, flanquer une râclée
  • requin
noce etymology From Latin nuptiae. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /nɔs/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (in the plural) wedding
  2. wedding party, reception
  3. (colloquial) party, knees-up
  • cône
  • once
nœud etymology From Latin nōdus. pronunciation
  • /nø/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. knot (tangle)
  2. knot (unit of speed, one nautical mile per hour)
  3. (slang) penis
  4. (slang) stupid person
  5. (physics, music, computing) node
related terms:
  • nouer
  • noueux
nœud papillon etymology From nœud (knot) and papillon (butterfly). pronunciation
  • /nø.pa.pi.jɔ̃/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. bowtie
Synonyms: (informal) nœud pap
nom d'oiseau
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (figuratively, informal) insult
Synonyms: insulte
nom de Dieu de bordel de merde
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (France, vulgar, blasphemous) Jesus fucking Christ; holy fucking shit (Indicates anger or surprise)
nope Alternative forms: noppe
etymology 1 From Middle Dutch noppe, from odt *noppo, *hnoppo, from Proto-Germanic *hnuppô, from Proto-Indo-European *knew-, *kenw-. Cognate with Old English hnoppa. More at nap. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. A tuft of wool; a knot in a fabric; nap.
etymology 2 {{rfe}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
interjection: {{fr-intj}}
  1. (informal, neologism) nope
nouille {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. noodle (string or strip of pasta)
  2. (colloquial) dumbhead
  3. (vulgar, slang) cock, dick
    • Tu veux pas me sucer la nouille ?
nullité etymology From Latin nullitas, from nullus 'none'; cognate with Dutch nulliteit
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. The quality nullity, invalidity
  2. (informal) A zero, insignificant or useless person or object
related terms:
  • nul (adjective)
  • nullement (adverb)
  • nullifier (verb)
nunuche etymology {{rfe}} Reduplication. pronunciation
  • /nynyʃ/
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) silly
adjective: {{fr-adj}}
  1. obsessed
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (by extension) person who is obsessed
  2. (slang) stalker, creep person who stalks for sexual reasons
verb: {{fr-past participle}}
  1. past participle of obséder
occase etymology apocopic form of occasion
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) bargain; opportunity
occire etymology From Middle French occire, Old French ocire, from Latin occīdere, present active infinitive of occīdō. pronunciation
  • /ɔksiʁ/
verb: {{fr-verb}}
  1. (archaic or humorous) to slay
-oche pronunciation
  • /ɔʃ/
suffix: {{fr-suffix}}
  1. (slang) Used to form nouns or adjectives. cinoche (ciné) fastoche (facile)
  2. (rare) Used to form nouns from verbs. brioche (brier)
offensives terrestres
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of offensive terrestre
offensive terrestre
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (military) ground offensive
oignon vert
etymology 1
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. green onion
  2. spring onion
  3. scallion
  4. shallot
  5. chive
Synonyms: échalote, ciboule, cive
etymology 2 From the colour of the cars driven by the parking enforcement and ticketing division of the city of Montreal at the time that this term was coined
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (Quebec, slang) oignon vert
oinj etymology Verlan for joint.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) joint (marijuana cigarette)
oiseau de nuit
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (zoology) A nocturnal bird.
  2. (colloquial) A person active at night; a night owl.
on etymology From Old French hom, reduced form of Old French homme used as a pronoun, from Latin homo, accusative form of homō. Its pronominal use is of gem origin. Compare Old English man, reduced form of Old English mann; German man; Dutch men. pronunciation
  • /ɔ̃/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}}
pronoun: {{fr-pron}}
  1. One, people, you, someone an unspecified individual: indefinite personal pronoun.
    • 2003, Natasha St. Pier, L'Instant D'Après (album), Quand On Cherche L'Amour (song) exampleQuand on cherche l'amour... When one searches for love...
    exampleOn ne peut pas pêcher ici You can't fish here
  2. (informal) We exampleOn s'est amusé. We had fun.
Synonyms: quelqu'un (in some contexts), nous (in some contexts)
related terms: {{French personal pronouns}}
descendants: {{top2}}
  • Esperanto: eo
{{mid2}} {{bottom}}
  • NO
  • no
ophtalmo etymology From apocopic form of ophtalmologue
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) optician, ophthalmologist
ordi etymology Short form of ordinateur. pronunciation
  • /ɔʁ.di/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang) A computer; comp, puter. Mon ordi ne marche plus.
ordure etymology From Old French ord, from Latin horridus, + -ure. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /ɔʁdyʁ/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. garbage, refuse
  2. dung, animal faeces
  3. (slang) obscenity, filthy material
  4. (slang, pejorative) a filthy person
  • doreur, dorure, rôdeur
oreille etymology From vl oricla, from Latin auricula, diminutive of auris. Cognate with Catalan orella, Galician orella, Portuguese orelha, Italian orecchio, Occitan aurelha, and Romanian ureche and Spanish oreja. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • /ɔ.ʁɛj/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. ear
Synonyms: (informal) esgourde, feuille
suffix: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Slang ending of nouns, adjectives and adverbs; without changing the meaning.
oseille etymology From Latin acidula. pronunciation
  • /ozɛj/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (botany) sorrel
  2. (colloquial) dough, dosh, bread money
  • oiselle
ostie Alternative forms: hostie, osti, asti, astie, stie, 'stie, sti, 'sti, esti etymology From hostie. pronunciation
  • /ɔs.ti/
  • (Quebec) [ɔs.tsi]
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (Quebec, vulgar) {{non-gloss}}
  • toise
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (informal) a barbarian, an uncivilized bigot
-oter etymology From -ot + -er. pronunciation
  • /ɔte/
suffix: {{fr-suffix}}
  1. (colloquial) Forming verbs from other verbs, with a diminutive or frequentative sense.
ouah pronunciation
  • /wɑː/
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
interjection: {{fr-intj}}
  1. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
  2. (informal) wow!
Synonyms: oui, ouais, ouaille
  • houa
ouaï Alternative forms: oaï, ouaille etymology Probably ultimately from Italian uaio, regional (Southern) variant of guaio, perhaps via Occitan oai. pronunciation
  • /wa.i/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. (slang, Marseille dialect) mess, chaos
etymology 1 From Old French oeille, from vl *ovicla, from Latin ovicula, diminutive of ovis, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃éwis 〈*h₃éwis〉. pronunciation
  • /waj/
noun: {{fr-noun}}
  1. ewe
  2. (in plural) flock (of sheep, or the people looked after by a Christian pastor)
etymology 2 See ouais. pronunciation {{rfp}}
adverb: {{fr-adv}}
  1. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
interjection: {{fr-intj}}
  1. (informal) yeah, yep, yup
Synonyms: oui, ouah, ouais
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