French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French couillon, from Old French coillon (testicle), from Late Latin cōleōnem, derived from Latin cōleus (sack, bag; scrotum). By surface analysis, couille +‎ -on. Compare Occitan colhon.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ku.jɔ̃/
  • Audio:(file)

Noun

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couillon m (plural couillons, feminine couillonne)

  1. (vulgar) dickhead, bastard, pillock
    Il t’a vraiment trompée ? J’étais sûr que c’était un couillon, ce type.
    He really cheated on you? I knew that guy was a bastard.
  2. (vulgar) coward
    C’est un vrai couillon, il est pas capable d’aborder une fille.
    He's a real coward, he's not capable of approaching a girl.
  3. (card games) a Belgian card game that is also played in Limburg and on the border of Luxemburg and Germany
  4. (Louisiana) joker, funny person; nut, nutter
  5. (Louisiana) fool, simpleton, nitwit

Adjective

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couillon (feminine couillonne, masculine plural couillons, feminine plural couillonnes)

  1. (vulgar) fucking stupid
  2. (Louisiana) foolish

Usage notes

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  • As both an adjective and a noun, couillon is not as vulgar or strong in Louisiana French or even in France.

Derived terms

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Further reading

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Middle French

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Etymology

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From Old French coillon.

Noun

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couillon m (plural couillons)

  1. (vulgar) dickhead, bastard
    • 1552, François Rabelais, Le Tiers Livre:
      Il est (dist lors frere Ian) sourd. Il n'entend ce que tu luy diz couillon.
      He is (said their brother Jan) deaf. He can't hear what you say, dickhead.
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Descendants

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  • French: couillon
  • Alemannic German: Gajung
  • German: Kujon (see there for further descendants)