mauvais

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French maulvais, from Old French malvais (1080), from Vulgar Latin *malifātius (1st c.AD), from Latin malum (bad) + fātum (fate).[1][2].

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /mo.vɛ/, /mɔ.vɛ/
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

mauvais (feminine mauvaise, masculine plural mauvais, feminine plural mauvaises)

  1. bad
  2. wrong, incorrect
    Il a choisi la mauvaise réponse.
    He chose the wrong response.

Usage notesEdit

Only three French adjectives have an irregular comparative: mauvais (pire), bon (meilleur) and petit (moindre).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nouveau dictionnaire étymologique, Lib. Larousse, 1971
  2. ^ mauvais”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.

Further readingEdit


NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French malvais (1080), from Vulgar Latin *malifātius (1st c.AD), from Latin malum (bad) + fātum (fate).

AdjectiveEdit

mauvais m

  1. (Jersey, Guernsey) bad

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Old FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

mauvais m (oblique and nominative feminine singular mauvaise)

  1. Alternative form of malvais