chétif

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chétif.

Adjective[edit]

chétif (comparative more chétif, superlative most chétif)

  1. Sickly; weak.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 130:
      It was hard to believe this gay, good-looking young chap, laughing and making mock of the very religion he was going into, was the chétif little boy who used to follow the big Horace everywhere and couldn't live without him.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *cactivus, from a combination of Latin captivus (prisoner) with Transalpine Gaulish *cactos (compare Irish cacht, Breton caez). Compare also Italian cattivo (bad).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

chétif m (feminine chétive, masculine plural chétifs, feminine plural chétives)

  1. puny, scrawny
  2. meagre, paltry

External links[edit]