beaucoup

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French beaucoup. Popularized by the American GIs during the Vietnam War.

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Determiner[edit]

beaucoup

  1. (US, informal) much, many, a lot of.
    You know that cost beaucoup bucks!

Noun[edit]

beaucoup (plural beaucoups)

  1. an abundance. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Adverb[edit]

beaucoup (not comparable)

  1. In abundance.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French biau cop, first attested circa 1210.[1] Equivalent to beau (nice, beautiful) +‎ coup (hit, strike). The latter word also means “helping of soup or beverage”, first attested circa 1375, which sense may have triggered or reinforced beaucoup to mean “a lot”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bo.ku/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -u

Adverb[edit]

beaucoup

  1. much, very much, a lot
    Merci beaucoup!
    Thank you very much!

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Claude Buridant Grammaire nouvelle de l'ancien français, 2000. →ISBN

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