EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French rosbif, from English roast beef. Doublet of roast beef.

NounEdit

rosbif (plural rosbifs)

  1. (humorous) An English person (as viewed by the French).
    • 1938, Neil Harmon Swanson, The forbidden ground (page 85)
      Polidor Graindart, sometime sergeant of the intendant's guard in the days when three golden lilies bloomed on the flagstaff above the De Troit blockhouse, never had forgiven the rosbifs for the conquest of New France.
    • 2009, Andy Roberts, Flying the Flag (page 233)
      France demonstrate the entente cordiale towards the rosbifs.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English roast beef, stereotypical food of the English.

Compare English frog (French person), from frog legs, corresponding term for French, likewise based on food; and Kraut for Germans.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʁɔs.bif/
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NounEdit

rosbif m (plural rosbifs)

  1. roast beef
  2. (derogatory, ethnic slur) an English person

SynonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: rosbif
  • English: rosbif
  • Russian: ро́стбиф (róstbif)
  • Turkish: rozbif

Further readingEdit


ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English roast beef.

NounEdit

rosbif m (invariable)

  1. roast beef

AnagramsEdit


SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English roast beef.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /rosˈbif/, [rozˈβ̞if]

NounEdit

rosbif m (plural rosbifs)

  1. roast beef