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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French poilu (brave).

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NounEdit

poilu (plural poilus)

  1. (historical) A French infantryman during the First World War

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From poil +‎ -u; compare Spanish peludo. The figurative sense entered the language through French military slang.

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AdjectiveEdit

poilu (feminine singular poilue, masculine plural poilus, feminine plural poilues)

  1. (informal) hairy
    Synonym: velu
  2. (dated, figuratively) brave, courageous; energetic [late 19th c.]

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poilu m (plural poilus)

  1. (historical) poilu (French soldier during World War I)

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