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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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ma tante est là
idiom. have one's period; be menstruating; be on the rag

macache 
n..f. not likely, dream on (from Algerian argot, “makans”, “there is not”)

machin
n.m. thingamajig; thing; what’s his name

magot
n.m. loot; nest egg, savings; pile, tidy sum

maille
n.f. money, cash

mal à propos
idiom. at the wrong time; at a bad time

mal baisée
n.f. frigid bitch

malabar
n.m. muscleman

malin
n.m/f. troublesome person

manger à l’oeil
idiom. eat for free

manger comme un cochon 
idiom. be a messy eater

manger de la vache enragée
idiom. go through hard times; have very lean times

manger du bout des dents
idiom. pick at one's food; eat half-heartedly (lit.: eat from the tips of the teeth)

manger les pissenlits par la racine
idiom. push up daisies; be dead

manger sur le pouce
idiom. have a bite to eat; eat on the run

manouche
n.m/f. gypsy; gypsey language

marche comme sur des roulettes
idiom. go smoothy; go like clockwork (lit.: go as though on casters)

marcher à coté de ses pompes
idiom. be out of it (lit.: walk next to one's shoes)

Marie couches-toi-là
idiom. easy lay; a woman who will sleep with anyone

marquer un tournant
idiom. make a turning point

mâter
v. get a look at; get a load of

maton, -ne
n.m/f. prison guard

matos (m)
n.m. equipment; gear

matou (m)
n.m. cat; tomcat

mauvais plan
idiom. bad idea

mec (m)
n.m. guy, fellow

mécano
n.m. mechanic; grease monkey

mécénat de competence
idiom. do something for free in exchange for getting credit for having done it (lit.: partronage competence)

mener à la baguette
idiom. rule with an iron hand; boss around (lit.: lead with a rod)

merde
n.f. shit

metro-boulot-dodo
idiom. train-work-sleep (n.b.: said of the life of a hardworking Parisian who has only time for these three things)

mettre à la porte
idiom. show someone out; show someone the door

mettre au fait
idiom. make aware

mettre au piquet
idiom. make someone stand in the corner

mettre au point
idiom. create

mettre des bâtons dans les roues de qqn
idiom. throw a monkey wrench into someone’s busy

mettre en action
idiom. put into action; set in action

mettre en gage
idiom. pawn

mettre en rang
idiom. line up

mettre en route
idiom. start; set in motion; get underway

mettre la clef sous la porte
idiom. close down a business; stop a professional activity

mettre la gomme
idiom. accelerate

mettre la main sur
idiom. get one's hands on; lay one's hands on; collar

mettre le doigt dans l'oeil
idiom. have a problem; have another thing coming

mettre qqn en boîte
idiom. make fun of someone; pull someone’s leg

mettre qqn. au parfum
idiom. give someone the lowdown

meuf
n.f. girl, woman

mijoter
v. cook up; hatch (a plot)

mijoter
v. prepare (e.g.: a bad joke; the word has the connotation of sth mischevous)

mille millions de mille sabords
idiom. damn; drat (n.b.: from Capitaine Haddock in Tintin; rarely used nowadays but well known)

mimi
adj. cute; adorable

minable
adj. hopeless, useless, pathetic

mince
exclam. damn; drat (lit.: thin; this is a mild explictive)

mince
exclam.
drat; darn; blow (it); wow

minet
n.f. cat, pussycat; pussy (female genitalia)

minou
n.f. cat

mioche
n.f. little kid, child

moche
adj. ugly

môme
n.m. kid; child; boy

mon cul
idiom. my ass

mon petit doigt me l'a dit
idiom. a little bird told me; somebody told me (lit.: my little finger told me)

monde au balcon (il y a)
idiom. stacked be; have big tits

monde, il y a du
idiom. that packs a punch, that’s really something

monter en chandelle
idiom. climb vertically

monter sur le billard
idiom. go under the knife

montrer de quel bois on se chauffe
idiom. show what one is made of

montrer le bout de son nez
idiom. show up; appear

morbac
n.m. crab

morfaler
v. pig out; gorge; eat gluttonously

morfler
v. suffer

motard
n.m. cop, police, copper, pig (n.b.: only used for police on motorcycles)

mou
adj. flabby

mouflet 
n.m. kid; child; boy

moufter
v. bat an eyelid ; blink

moule
n.f. vagina; pussy

mourir d’ennui
idiom. die of boredom

mourir en héros
idiom. die a hero’s death


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