malin

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See also: Malin, malîn, and malīn

Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

malin

  1. Genitive singular form of mali.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin malignus (wicked, malicious).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ma.lɛ̃/
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Adjective[edit]

malin (feminine singular maligne, masculine plural malins, feminine plural malignes)

  1. (obsolete) nocive; pernicious
  2. (medicine) malignant
    une tumeur malignea malignant tumor
    Antonym: bénin
  3. (chiefly dated or biblical) malicious, sadistic (which likes to do or say hurtful things for fun)
    Synonym: méchant
    prendre un malin plaisir à faire quelque choseto take perverse pleasure in doing something
  4. (informal) smart and quick-thinking, and often tricksterish; cunning, crafty
    Synonyms: astucieux, fin, intelligent, rusé
    C'est malin !Well done!
    avoir l'air malinto look daft, to look silly
    • 1982, “Un été sans toi”, performed by Charles Aznavour:
      C’est inhumain / De me laisser seul / J’ai l’air malin / Sous mon parasol
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  5. (Quebec) Said of an aggressive animal or a petulant person.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Common usage is to form the feminine by adding an -e, following the regular rule. However, despite the fact that the form maline has been largely used in spoken language for centuries, it is still considered incorrect and the form maligne, yet scarcely used orally, is expected in careful writing.
  • In its meaning of “malicious” the word is mostly restricted to expressions such as malin plaisir; it is a standard attribute of the Devil.
  • In the expressions c'est malin or avoir l'air malin, malin is used ironically.

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Noun[edit]

malin m (plural malins, feminine maligne)

  1. trickster, smart person

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

malin f

  1. genitive plural of malina

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

malin m or n (feminine singular malină, masculine plural malini, feminine and neuter plural maline)

  1. Alternative form of malign

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