malin

See also: Malin

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin malignus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

malin m (feminine maligne, masculine plural malins, feminine plural malignes)

  1. Which is smart and quick-thinking, and often a trickster.
  2. Intelligent, bright.
  3. (medicine) Malignant.
  4. (Quebec) Said of an aggressive animal or a petulant person.
  5. (chiefly dated or biblical) Malicious, sadistic; which likes to do or say hurtful things for fun.
  6. (obsolete) Nocive; pernicious.

Usage notesEdit

  • In its meaning of "malicious" the word is mostly restricted to expressions such as "malin plaisir"; it is a standard attribute of the Devil.

Derived termsEdit

  • gros malin
  • c'est malin
  • petit malin

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Last modified on 2 April 2014, at 05:57