rosbif

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

French

NounEdit

rosbif (plural rosbifs)

  1. (humorous) An English person (as viewed by the French).
    • 1938, Neil Harmon Swanson, The forbidden ground (page 85)
      Polidor Graindart, sometime sergeant of the intendant's guard in the days when three golden lilies bloomed on the flagstaff above the De Troit blockhouse, never had forgiven the rosbifs for the conquest of New France.
    • 2009, Andy Roberts, Flying the Flag (page 233)
      France demonstrate the entente cordiale towards the rosbifs.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

English roast beef, stereotypical food of the English.

Compare frog (French person), from frog legs, corresponding English term for French, likewise based on food.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

rosbif m (plural rosbifs)

  1. roast beef
  2. (pejorative, ethnic slur) an English person

AntonymsEdit

  • (English person): frog (of French, by English)

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

English roast beef

NounEdit

rosbif m (invariable)

  1. roast beef

AnagramsEdit


SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

English roast beef

NounEdit

rosbif m

  1. roast beef
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 10:39