ménager

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ménage +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ménager m (feminine ménagère, masculine plural ménagers, feminine plural ménagères)

  1. household; cleaning
    les tâches ménagères
    the househould chores

Noun[edit]

ménager m (plural ménagers, feminine ménagère)

  1. househusband

Verb[edit]

ménager

  1. to husband, to conserve
  2. to treat gently, treat nicely
  3. to conserve, go easy on
  4. (reflexive) to go easy, take it easy

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written ménage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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