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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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rab
n.m. extra, seconds; overtime

raconter des salades
idiom. lie; tell tall tales

radin, -e
n.m.pl. stingy, miserly; miser

radinerie
n.f. miserliness, stinginess

ramasser une veste
idiom. lose one’s shirt; lose badly (in an election)

rancart
n.m. meeting; rendez-vous

raser les murs
idiom. keep a low profile (lit.: shave the walls)

raton(ne)
n.m/f. boy or girl (use the appropriate ending, of course)

réchauffé
adj. old, already known

recommencer à zéro
idiom. start from scratch

regarder en chiens de faïence
idiom. glare at each other; look at each other

rendre compte
idiom. account for

rendre service
idiom. be of service; render service; do a favor for

rendre visite à
idiom. visit someone

rentrer dans ses pénates 
idiom. go home to

rester en vie
idiom. remain alive; stay alive

rester sec
idiom. be stumped

rester sur sa faim
idiom. remain unsatisfied

revenir sur ses pas
idiom. retrace one's steps

rien que pour moi
idiom. for myself alone; just for myself

rigolo
adj. fun, amusing

rire à idiot
idiom. laugh insanely

rire au nez de qqn
idiom. to laugh at someone

rire en jaune
idiom. laugh on the other side of one's face; not find something funny (lit.: laugh in yellow)

rogaton
n.m. piece of junk, scrap, slop

rom'pol
n.m. detective novel (from roman policier)

ronger son frein
idiom. champ at the bit; barely contain one’s impatience

rouler sur l’or
idiom. be rolling in money; be rich

rouler une pelle
idiom. French kiss; tongue kiss

rusé
n. crafty person; sly person

rusé comme un renard
idiom. sly as a fox; cunning as a fox

rusé comme un vieux renard
idiom. sly as a fox; cunning as a fox


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