badaud

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French

Noun[edit]

badaud (plural badauds)

  1. A person given to idle observation of everything, with wonder or astonishment; a credulous or gossipy idler.
    • Pall Mall Magazine
      a host of stories [] dealing chiefly with the subject of his great wealth, an ever delightful topic to the badauds of Paris.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal badau, from badar, from Latin batare, probably ultimately imitative of yawning or gaping. Related to English abash.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

badaud m (plural badauds)

  1. onlooker, bystander, rubbernecker

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