rosbif

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French rosbif, from English roast beef. Doublet of roast beef.

Noun[edit]

rosbif (plural rosbifs)

  1. (humorous) An English person (as viewed by the French).
    • 1938, Neil Harmon Swanson, The forbidden ground (page 85)
      Polidor Graindart, sometime sergeant of the intendant's guard in the days when three golden lilies bloomed on the flagstaff above the De Troit blockhouse, never had forgiven the rosbifs for the conquest of New France.
    • 2009, Andy Roberts, Flying the Flag (page 233)
      France demonstrate the entente cordiale towards the rosbifs.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English roast beef, stereotypical food of the English.

Compare English frog (French person), from frog legs, corresponding term for French, likewise based on food.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʁɔs.bif/
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Noun[edit]

rosbif m (plural rosbifs)

  1. roast beef
  2. (derogatory, ethnic slur) an English person

Synonyms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: rosbif
  • English: rosbif
  • Russian: ро́стбиф (róstbif)
  • Turkish: rozbif

Further reading[edit]


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English roast beef.

Noun[edit]

rosbif m (invariable)

  1. roast beef

Anagrams[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English roast beef.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rosˈbif/, [rozˈβif]

Noun[edit]

rosbif m (plural rosbifs)

  1. roast beef