griffe

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See also: Griffe and griffé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French griffe.

Noun[edit]

griffe (plural griffes)

  1. (US, dialectal, dated) The offspring of a mulatto (person of mixed black and white ancestry) and a person of fully black ancestry.
  2. (US, dialectal, dated) A mulatto.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the verb griffer (to scratch) or Old High German grif (modern German Griff (grip, handle)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

griffe f (plural griffes)

  1. claw
    coup de griffeswipe of the claws
    Les pattes de cet animal sont armées de griffes.
    The paws of this animal have claws.
  2. talon
  3. scratch mark
  4. (figuratively) signature (characteristic mark, e.g. of an artist)
    Il a beau n’avoir pas mis son nom à cet ouvrage, il y a mis sa griffe.
    Even though he has not put his name on this work, he has put his mark.
  5. (by extension) brand, designer label (especially fashion)

Descendants[edit]

Verb[edit]

griffe

  1. first-person singular present indicative of griffer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of griffer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of griffer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of griffer
  5. second-person singular imperative of griffer

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German[edit]

Verb[edit]

griffe

  1. First-person singular subjunctive II of greifen.
  2. Third-person singular subjunctive II of greifen.

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French griffe.

Noun[edit]

griffe f (invariable)

  1. designer label