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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.

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gagner du temps
idiom. make up time

gagner les doigts dans le nez
idiom. win easily

galère
n.f. drag; bother; problem. (n.b.: This expression comes from Molière:“Qu’allait-il donc faire dans cette galère?” est une réplique de la pièce “Les fourberies de Scapin”). 1. Quelle galère! 2. Il a connu des années de galère.

galérer
v. sweat blood; struggle; have a hard time

gamin(e)
n.m/f. child, kid; little boy/girl

gang
n.m. gang (usually said of criminals)

garce
n.f. bitch

garder une dent contre
idiom. have a grudge against somebody; hold a grudge against somebody (lit.: hold the tooth against)

garnement
n.m. imp; rascal

gâteux, -euse
n.m/f. dotard, old fool

gavroche
n.m. street urchin, punk

gerber
v. puke; vomit

gerbos
n.m. gross, disgusting

gniard
n.m. brat

gnôle
n.f. hooch

gnon
n.m. blow (with a fist)

godiche
adj. oafish; lump-like

gogol
n.m. fool

goinfre
n.m. pig, greedy pig

gonfler
v. annoy someone; piss someone off (lit.: pump up; inflate)

gosse
n.m. kid; child

goûter
v. try; sample

grailler
v. eat

grande surface
n.f. supermarket (lit.: large surface).

grat(t)os
adj. free, no charge

gratis
adj. free, no charge

gratos
adj. free, free of charge

grave (de chez grave)
adj. really; very; intensely (n.b.: used as an intensifier or to give more emphasis). 1. Il est taré, mais grave de chez grave.

griller un feu
idiom. run a light

grolle
n.f. shoe

gros bonnet 
idiom. big wig ; big cheese

gros comme une maison
idiom. very big ; huge ; at a distance. 1. Je l’ai vu venir gros comme une maison.

gros mots
idiom. vulgar words, dirty words

grosse brioche
idiom. fat stomach; paunch; gut; beer belly

guimbarde
n.f. old car; jalopy; moped (lit.: Jew's harp)


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