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Getting French, Pt. 9: Slang / Colloquialisms

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accro

x

hooked, addicted

le baratin

x

sales pitch, sweet talk, chatter

bandant

x

sexy, interesting

le beauf

x

brother-in-law; small-minded

chouette

x

cute, smashing, nice

person (m)

costaud

x

sturdy, strong

le béguin

x

crush, fancy, also a bonnet (m)

dégueulasse

x

lousy, rotten, filthy, disgusting

le bled

x

village, dump, godforsaken

fofolle

x

scatty, crazy

place (m)

impec

x

great! terrific!

le bobo

x

boo boo, owie, wound (m)

loufoque

x

wild, crazy

le bordel

x

mess, chaos; (literal) brothel

malin

x

shrewd, cunning

le boulot

x

work, the daily grind (m)

marrant

x

funny, odd

le bouquin

x

book (familiar/slang) (m)

maudit

x

darned, blasted, hateful;

le charabia

x

gibberish, gobbledygook (m)

 

(literary) - accursed

le cinoche

x

the pictures, movies (m)

mince

x

thin, skinny, meager

le clébard

x

mutt, hound, dog (m)

moche

x

ugly, mean

le costard

x

man's suit (m)

nunuche

x

namby-pamby, insipid, silly

le dico

x

dictionary (short for

paillard

x

bawdy, coarse, lewd

dictionnaire) (m)

pantouflard

x

uneventful, quiet

le dingue

x

nutcase, loony (m)

peinard

x

cushy, easy

le flic

x

cop, copper, bobby (m)

pépère

x

quiet, easy, uneventful, cushy

le fric

x

cash, bread, lolly (m)

pinailleur

x

persnickety, fussy

le frigo

x

fridge (short for réfrigérateur)

ringard

x

corny, rinky-dink, old-

le gagne-pain x

job (m)

 

fashioned

le malfrat

x

thug, crook, truant (m)

super

x

great, fantastic; (prefix) - very,

le mec

x

dude, bloke (m)

 

ultra

le minet

x

kitty; (term of affection) - pet,

sympa

x

nice, likable, friendly

sweetie-pie (m)

vachement

x

very, really, damn, bloody (Br

le nunuche

x

ninny (m)

 

Eng)

le pinard

x

cheap wine, plonk (m)

vaseux

x

woozy, dazed, hazy, muddled;

le pote

x

mate, buddy, chum (m)

 

lame, stupid

le smicard

x

minimum-wage earner (m)

veinard

x

lucky

le tartempion

x

what's-his-name (m)

mollo

x

easy (in attitude)

le truc

x

thingie, whatsit, trick (m)

berk

x

yuck!

le turbin

x

job, daily grind (m)

et patati et patata

x

and so on and so forth

le verlan

x

Pig Latin (m)

la bobonne

x

used in jest) - missus, dearie (f)

l'imper

x

raincoat, mac (m)

la fac

x

university (abbreviation) (f)

l'ordi

x

computer (slang) (m)

la mémère

x

granny, grandma; "fat elderly

bagarrer

x

to fight, clash, argue

 

woman" (f)

balader

x

to trail around, to take for a

la môme

x

kid, brat, chick (f)

walk

la mouise

x

poverty, hard times (f)

bicher

x

to be pleased with oneself

la taule

x

jail, clink, nick, slammer, the

bluffer

x

to bluff, try it on, fool

 

big house (f)

bosser

x

to work, slog, slave away

la tronche

x

mug (face), noggin (head) (f)

cartonner

x

to smash into, to do really

la trouille

x

extreme fear (f)

well/poorly

la vacherie

x

meanness, rottenness; nasty

crapoter

x

to smoke without inhaling, ~ to

l'anicroche

x

remark/action; garbage (f) hitch, snag, problem (f)

déglinguer

x

puff to bust, break

l'ado

x

teenager, teen (slang) (m)

dégoiser

x

to spout, rattle on

l'appart

x

apartment, flat (m)

dégoter

x

to dig up, find

le baba cool

x

hippy (m)

déguerpir

x

to clear off/out, scarper

détaler

x

to bolt, take off, clear out,

ficher

x

skedaddle to do, give, put, leave

fuguer

x

to run away, run off

gazer

x

to go, feel, work

potasser

x

to cram, bone up, swot

rabioter

x

to beg, mooch, scrounge,

reluquer

x

wangle, swindle to eye, too ogle

rigoler

x

to laugh, have fun, joke

rouspéter

x

to moan, groan

se pointer

x

to turn up

se tailler

x

to beat it, split, run off

sidérer

x

to go into shock

trimbaler

x

to lug, cart around; to trail

urger

x

along to be urgent

vadrouiller

x

to rove around