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From Old French chien, from Latin canis, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwn-i-, derived from *ḱwṓ (dog).


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tchian m (plural tchians, feminine tchianne)

  1. (Jersey, Guernsey) dog
    • 2006, Marie de Garis, ‘Enne p'tite ôlure’, P'tites Lures Guernésiaises, Cromwell Press 2006, p. 22:
      La bête qui vit était daeux caoups aussi grànd qué lé pus grand tchen.
      The beast he saw was twice as big as the biggest dog.
    • 2006, TA Grut, ‘Les T'chens’, P'tites Lures Guernésiaises, Cromwell Press 2006, p. 58:
      Lè dangier dans les rues est terriblle, atou les motos, les ‘bikes’ et les t'chens.
      The danger in the streets is terrible, with all the motorbikes, the bikes and the dogs.

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tchian m

  1. (Jersey) mean, selfish