braire

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *bragiō, from Gaulish *bragu (compare Old Irish braigid (to flatulate)), from Proto-Celtic *bragyeti (to flatulate). Cognate with English bray.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

braire

  1. bray (to make the cry of a donkey)
  2. (figuratively, by extension) to shout
  3. (Belgium, Northern France, figuratively, by extension) to cry, to weep

Conjugation[edit]

This verb traditionally has no past historic or imperfect subjunctive. They would be formed on a -bray- root: *je brayis, *que nous brayissions etc. Forms using the ‘a’ endings of verbs in -er are now used when there is an unavoidable need to use these forms. The root -brais- was used instead of -bray- in the 18th century, and remains in Swiss and Savoy dialects.

Noun[edit]

braire m (plural braires)

  1. (obsolete) bray (noise made by a donkey)

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Verb[edit]

braire

  1. (of an animal) to bray
  2. (less common, of a person) to cry out; to shout out

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