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French Slang





This dictionary is a comprehensive and in-depth look at all the slang, vulgarisms, curses, and insults, plus idioms, expressions, and a lot more, that appear in everday French. If you like modern French films, rap, or other forms of entertainment, you'll find many of the words and phrases used in here. As always with slang, be careful using what you hear; it may not work quite the way you expect.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z


B.D.
abbr. bande dessinée: comic strip, cartoon, comics

bâfrer
v. wolf down; gobble up, snarf

bagage intellectuel
idiom. fund of knowledge (lit.: knowledge baggage; n.b.: can be used with other words, e.g.: littéraire)

bagarre
n.f. fight, fist-fight

bagnole
n.f. car

baguettes
n.f.pl. thin legs

baiser
v. fuck; have sex with; kiss (n.b.: vulgar)

baisser les bras
idiom. give up; throw in the towel (lit.: lower the arms)

balèse
adj. hard

balle
n.f. money, cash; franc (old)

barda
n.m. gear; kit; equipment

barge
adj. nuts

barjot
n./adj. nuts

barouf
n. racket

bas de gamme
idiom. low-end, low quality

bateau
adj. old; hackneyed

bâtir des châteaux en Espagne
idiom. build castles in the air (lit.: to build castles in Spain)

bâton de maréchal
idiom. the highest level one can rise to; one’s limit (lit.: one’s field marshal’s baton)

battre comme plâtre
idiom. beat the living daylights out of someone (lit.: beat someone flat)

battre froid à qqn
idiom. give someone the cold shoulder (lit.: beat cold to someone)

bavardage
n.m. chatting, talking, prattling

bavarder
v. chat; talk

beau linge
idiom. everyone; a long line of people. 1. Il y avait du beau linge à leur marriage.
beauf
n.m. oaf, fool

bec et ongle
idiom. tooth and nail

bec fin
idiom. gourmet

bécane
n.f. motorcycle; computer

bécasse
n.f. silly girl; twit

becqueter
v. eat

bel et bien
idiom. well and truly; definitively; completely; altogether (lit.: beautiful and good)

benêt
n.m. simpleton, ninny

beuârk
idiom. yuck

beur
n.m. Arab; Arab person (n.b.: verlan for the word Arabe)

bide
n.m. belly; gut

bidon
n.m. gut; belly (lit.: can, tin)

bidon
adj. phony; fake; rigged; sham

bien conduire sa barque
idiom. handle oneself well; do all right (lit.: drive one’s boat well)

bien en chair 
idiom. well padded; plump (lit.: good in flesh)

bien mener sa barque
idiom. handle oneself well; do all right (lit.: manage one’s boat well)

bien roulée
idiom. well endowed, stacked

bijou
n.m. pet, love

biz
n.m. business

blague
idiom. joke. 1. Ce n’est pas une blague!

blaireau
n.m. loser; nerd (lit.: badger; shaving brush)

blairer
v. stand; tolerate (always used in the negative)

blé
n.m. cash; money

bled
n.m. remote place, hinterlands, small village; boonies, boondocks

bobard
n.m. lie; fib; tall story; yarn

bobo
n.
booboo; cut; injury (n.b.: child talk)

boire comme un trou
idiom. drink like a fish

boire comme une éponge
idiom. drink like a fish

boire sec
idiom. be a heavy drinker

bombe
n.f. sexually appealing woman; hot woman; bombshell

bomber le torse
idiom. swagger; puff out one’s chest

bomber le torse
idiom. swagger; throw out one’s chest; strut

bon plan
idiom. good idea

bonbec 
n.m. candy; sweets

bordel
n.m. holy shit

bordélique
adj. messy, disorganized

bouboule
n.m. fatso, fatty

bouche bée
idiom. agape, stunned

bouche cousue
idiom. not a word; mum’s the word

bouchon
n.m. traffic jam; bottleneck

boudin
n.m. ugly and fat woman

bouffe
n.f. food, grub

bouffer
v. eat; wolf down; gobble up

bougnoul
n.
arab (n.b.: very pejorative)

bougnoul(e)
n.m/f. Arab person; any dark-skinned foreigner (n.b.: highly pejorative, likely to result in a fight if you use it)

boui-boui
n.m. low dive, grubby little restaurant

boules
n.f.pl. hatred; aversion; loathing

boulot
n.m. job, work

bouquin
n.m. book

bourge
adj., n.f. bourgeois(e)

bourré
adj. drunk

bourrelet
n.m. roll of fat (on a person)

bourrer le crâne
idiom. brainwash; stuff someone’s head with ideas; cram

bourrer le mou
idiom. take somebody in; have somebody on

bourricot
n.m. donkey

bourses
n.f.pl.
scrotom; testicles

boute-en-train
n.m. life of the party; live wire

brancher
v. connect; put in touch (n.b.: se brancher means to like; e.g.: ça me branche)

branler dans le manche
idiom. be shaky; totter

braque
adj. crazy

braquer
v. commit armed robbery; commit armed robbery

bras dessus, bras dessous
idiom. arm in arm

bras droit
idiom. right-hand man

brasser les affaires
idiom. wheel and deal

briller par son absence
idiom. be conspicuous by one’s absence

brioche
n.f. belly, gut

broncher
v. move a muscle; make a move

brouiller les cartes
idiom. cloud an issue

broyer du noir
idiom. be down in the dumps; have the blues

brûler (d’envie) de
idiom. be eager to; be spoiling for

brûler les étapes
idiom. go without stopping; go faster than expected

brûler une étape
idiom. skip a stage; skip a step

brûler une feu rouge
idiom. run a red light

burkini
n.f. burkini; combination of a burqa and bikini for traditional Muslims to wear at the beach (from bikini and burqa)


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