bête

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French[edit]

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From Old French/Middle French beste, probably partially borrowed from Classical Latin bestia. Compare biche (possibly from Old French bisse, itself from Vulgar Latin *bistia; compare Italian biscia).

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bête f (plural bêtes)

  1. beast, animal

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bête (masculine and feminine, plural bêtes)

  1. Not very bright and lacking in judgement; stupid; inept.
  2. Which could have been easily averted; silly.
  3. (Canada, informal) Having a bad character or in a bad mood; showing great displeasure in interacting with people; ill-tempered.
    • 1999, Chrystine Brouillet, Les Fiancées de l'Enfer, ISBN 2-89021-363-3, page 69:
      Je dis ça, mais depuis quelques semaines elle est moins bête. Même avec moi — I say that, but these last few weeks she hasn't been as nasty. Even with me.

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Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French beste.

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bête f (plural bêtes)

  1. beast, animal

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bête (epicene, plural bêtes)

  1. stupid