aboyer

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French abayer, abaüer, probably of onomatopoetic origin. Compare Latin baubari, Italian abbaiare.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

aboyer

  1. (intransitive, of a dog) to bark
  2. (intransitive) to scream at or inveigh against somebody
  3. (transitive, usually pejorative) to scream or yell in short bouts; to bark
    Il aboie des ordres sans s'arrêter pour respirer
    He barks orders without pausing to breathe.

Usage notes[edit]

  • To mark the target of the barking, the usual preposition is après; less common is contre, while à is dated.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is part of a large group of -er verbs that conjugate like noyer or ennuyer. These verbs always replace the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ before a silent ‘e’.

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