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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


P.D.
n.m. pédéraste (pédé); homosexual, gay

Paname
n. Paris (n.b.: used in the suburbs of Paris to refer to that city)

panne d’oreiller
idiom. lie in; sleep in (lit.: a pillow failure)

par acquit de conscience
idiom. just to be sure; ste one’s mind at rest (lit.: for receipt of conscience)

par bonheur
idiom. fortunately, luckily

par contre
idiom. on the other hand (lit.: for against)

par endroits
idiom. here and there; in places; in spots

par le fait
idiom. in point of fact

par mesure de précaution
idiom. as a precautionary measure

parler à bâtons rompus
idiom. talk about this and that; talk about little things (lit.: talk over broken sticks)

partir ventre à terre
idiom. leave in a flash; race off (lit.: to leave belly-to-ground. Note that this is used can be in reference to taking flight from a criminal activity)

partir du bon pied
idiom. get off to a good start

partir en guerre
idiom. go to war; launch a war

partir en live
idiom. go nuts

passer au peigne fin
idiom. search thoroughly; go through something with a fine-toothed comb (lit.: to pass through a fine comb)

passer un savon à qqn
idiom. reprimand someone; give someone a good dressing-down (lit.: to pass a bar of soap to/over someone)

patapouf
n.m/f. fatso, tub of lard

patraque
adj. slightly sick, ill; under the weather

paumé
adj. lost; bewildered

pauvre con
idiom. poor jerk, poor fool

payer les pots cassés
idiom. pay the piper; suffer the consequences

pébroque
n.m. umbrella (n.b.: usually parapluie in normal French)

pédaler dans la semoule
idiom. take leave of one’s senses

pédéraste
n.m. homosexual, gay

peloter
v. grope; feel up; paw (at); pet (n.b.: as in heavy petting, not as applied to petting a cat or dog)

percuter
v. understand suddenly; realize

perdre la main
idiom. lose the lead

perdre la tête
idiom. lose one’s mind

perdre son temps à des broutilles
idiom. spend one's time on trivial, irrelevant matters

pétasse
n.f. slut; bitch

péter
v. fart; bash, smash, break

péter la gueule
idiom. beat someone up

péter la tronche
idiom. beat someone up

péter les plombs
idiom. blow a fuse; snap (i.e.: become very angry very quickly)

péter un câblé
idiom. blow a fuse

péter une durite
idiom. blow a fuse

petit à petit
idiom. slowly, little by little

petit jour
idiom. day-break

petite nature
idiom. delicate; fragile; hothouse orchid. 1. Elle est une petite nature.

peton
n.m.
toe; tootsy; foot

phénomene
n.m. character, card

piaule
n.f. bedroom

picoler
v. drink (alcohol)

pieu
n.m. bed

pif
n.m. nose, schnozz

piffer
v. stand; tolerate (n.b.: always used in the negative, as in cannot stand or tolerate)

pile-poil
n.f. on the dot; on the nose; exactly

piquer
v. steal; nick; swipe

piquer du nez
idiom. be tired; snooze; doze off

piquer un fard
idiom. blush

piquer un roupillon 
idiom. take a nap

pisser
v. piss; pee; urinate

pisser de la copie
idiom. churn out trash, rubbish (lit.: piss out material)

pisser dessus
idiom. no give a shit about; not care about (lit.: piss on something)

pissotière
n.f. urinal (in the street)

place du mort
n.f. passenger's seat in the front of a car (lit.: the dead's seat)

planer
v. be high; be stoned

planquer
v. hide

plaquer
v. abandon; ditch

pleuvoir à torrents
idiom. pour with rain; pour

plombe
n.f. hour (used only at the hour exactly). 1. Il est trois plombes.

plumard
n.m. bed

pognon
n.m. cash; money

pointer son nez
idiom. show up; appear

poireauter
v. be kept waiting; be left cooling one’s heels

pompé
adj. pooped; dead-beat; knackered; exhausted

pomper
v. copy (in school)

pomper l'air à qqn
idiom. get on someone's nerves

pompes
n.f.pl. shoes

pompette
adj. tipsy; tiddly; slightly drunk

pompier
n.m. blow job; oral sex (lit.: firefighter)

poser un fox
idiom. vomit

poser un lapin à qqn
idiom. stand someone up

pot
n.m. luck, good fortune

pote
n.m. pal; buddy

potins
n.m.pl. gossip

pouffiasse
n.f. bitch (abbreviated as pouf')

poulet
n.m. cop; police; copper; pig (lit.: chicken)

pour ainsi dire
idiom. so to speak (lit.: to say as such)

pour comble de malheur
idiom. to crown it all; to top it all (lit.: for the summit of misfortune)

pour de rire
idiom. for fun

pour de vrai
idiom. for real; seriously; really

pour l’amour du ciel
idiom. for heaven’s sake

pour plus de précaution
idiom. to be on the safe side

pour une bouchée de pain
idiom. for next to nothing; for a song

prendre au mot
idiom. do what someone says; take action based on someone’s words

prendre de court
idiom. catch someone unawares; take someone aback

prendre de la bouteille
idiom. become mellow; grow mellow

prendre l’habitude
idiom. be in the habit of; make a habit of

prendre la fuite
idiom. run away; take off

prendre la fuite
idiom. flee; take flight; run away

prendre la peine
idiom. take the trouble

prendre la relève de
idiom. take over from

prendre le chou
idiom. be annoyed by

prendre le large
idiom. clear off; make scarce; take the lead

prendre son courage à deux mains
idiom. summon up one’s courage

prendre son point d’appui
idiom. take a stand

prendre un bain de foule
idiom. mingle with a crowd; work a crowd

prendre une résolution
idiom. make up one's mind

presqu’île
n.f. peninsula

prêter le flanc
idiom. attack

prof
n.m. prof, professer

propre-sur-soi
idiom. squeaky clean

pruneau
n.m. bullet; slug (lit.: prune)

putain de bordel de merde
idiom. damn it (n.b.: vulgar)

putain de ta race
idiom. damn it (lit.: whore of your race)


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