toucher

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English[edit]

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From touch, the second sense being derived from to touch someone for money.

Noun[edit]

toucher (plural touchers)

  1. One who touches.
  2. (bowls) A ball lying in contact with the jack.
  3. (Geordie, pejorative) toucha; one who tries get something out of others for nothing in return.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French toucher, touchier, from Old French tochier, touchier, tucher (compare French doublet toquer "to offend"), from unattested Vulgar Latin *toccāre (to knock, strike, offend), from Frankish *tokkōn, *tukkōn (to touch), from Proto-Germanic *tukkōną, *tukkijaną (to jerk, knock, strike, offend), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (to lead, pull, draw), influenced by proximity to similar forms from Proto-Germanic *tēkaną (to touch). Cognate with Old High German zochhōn (to grasp, seize), Old High German zuchôn (to jerk, tug), Middle Low German tucken (to tug), Old Dutch tocken, tucken (to touch, entise), Old English tucian, tūcian (to mistreat, disturb, torment), Gothic 𐍄𐌴𐌺𐌰𐌽 (tēkan, to touch), Old Norse taka (to touch grasp), Old English tacan (to touch, take).

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Noun[edit]

toucher m (plural touchers)

  1. The act of touching (see below).
  2. A way of touching.
  3. The sense of touch, tactility.

Verb[edit]

toucher

  1. (transitive) To touch (physically).
    Ne me touche pas !
    Don't touch me!
  2. (transitive) To affect
    La maladie touche actuellement 2 millions de personnes.
    The disease currently affects 2 million people.
  3. (intransitive, followed by "à") To try, to try out.
    Je n'ai jamais touché au tabac
    I've never tried tobacco
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) Short for toucher sa bille. To be skillful.
    Ce mec est un ancien critique d'art. Je peux te dire qu'il touche en peinture !
    This guy is a former art critic. Believe me, he knows a thing or two about painting!
  5. (transitive, money, income) to receive, to get

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References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

toucher

  1. to touch

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