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EtymologyEdit

From Old French bren (bran, excrement), with metathesis (circa 1480s), having first had the meaning of "vanner le blé" or the scatological meaning of "fouiller d'excréments" present in Rabelais' writings. For semantic development, compare terms like shit-talk.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bɛʁ.ne/
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VerbEdit

berner

  1. (transitive) to trick, to fool, to take in, to run circles around, to hoodwink
    Il s'est fait complètement berner.
    He was completely taken in.
    • 1924, Emmanuel Bove, Mes Amis[1]:
      À présent, les deux amants devaient regarder le billet en transparence, comme une plaque photographique, pour s’assurer qu’il était bon. L’impression d’avoir été berné me rendait nerveux.
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