mouchard

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French mouchard, from mouche (a fly).

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Noun[edit]

mouchard (plural mouchards)

  1. An undercover investigator; a police spy, especially in a French-speaking country.
  2. (nautical) An inverted compass hanging above the captain's bed

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mouche (fly) +‎ -ard (pejorative suffix).

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Noun[edit]

mouchard m (plural mouchards, feminine moucharde)

  1. (informal) snitch, grass, tell-tale (police informant)
    Synonyms: indic, cafteur, cafard
  2. mouchard (undercover investigator)
  3. bug (hidden microphone)
  4. spyhole, peephole
    Synonym: judas
  5. tachograph (device that records the distance and time traveled by a vehicle)
    Synonym: chronotachygraphe
  6. (computing) spyware (piece of spyware)
    Synonyms: espiogiciel, logiciel espion
  7. (aviation) spyplane
    Synonym: avion-espion
  8. (aviation) black box, flight recorder
    Synonyms: boîte noire, enregistreur de vol

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