penchant

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French penchant, present participle of pencher (to tilt, to lean), from Middle French, from Old French pengier (to tilt, be out of line), from Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, a derivative of Latin pendere (to hang, to lean).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒnʃɒn/, [ˈpɑ̃ʃɑ̃]
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛnt͡ʃənt/

NounEdit

penchant (countable and uncountable, plural penchants)

  1. Taste, liking, or inclination (for).
    • 2019, Idles, "Never Fight a Man With a Perm", Joy as an Act of Resistance.
      I said I've got a penchant for smokes and kicking douches in the mouth / Sadly for you my last cigarette's gone out
    He has a penchant for fine wine.
  2. (card games, uncountable) A card game resembling bezique.
  3. (card games) In the game of penchant, any queen and jack of different suits held at the same time.

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NounEdit

penchant m (plural penchants)

  1. penchant

VerbEdit

penchant

  1. present participle of pencher

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