toucher

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English toucher, equivalent to touch +‎ -er. The pejorative sense is derived from the sense of "touching" someone for money.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toucher (plural touchers)

  1. One who touches.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 4:
      We just twist up Chancery Lane, and cut along Holborn, and there we are in four minutes' time, as near as a toucher.
  2. (bowls) A ball lying in contact with the jack.
  3. (Tyneside, derogatory) A toucha; one who tries to get something out of others for nothing in return.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French toucher, from Old French tochier, from Vulgar Latin *tuccō (to strike; to touch).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toucher m (plural touchers)

  1. The act of touching (see below).
  2. A way of touching.
  3. The sense of touch, tactility.

Verb[edit]

toucher

  1. (transitive) To touch (physically).
    Ne me touche pas !Don't touch me!
  2. (transitive) To affect
    La maladie touche actuellement 2 millions de personnes.The disease currently affects 2 million people.
  3. (intransitive, followed by "à") To try, to try out.
    Je n'ai jamais touché au tabac.I've never tried tobacco.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) Short for toucher sa bille. To be skillful.
    Ce mec est un ancien critique d'art. Je peux te dire qu'il touche en peinture !This guy is a former art critic. Believe me, he knows a thing or two about painting!
  5. (transitive, money, income) to receive, to get

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Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: toucheren

References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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Middle French[edit]

Verb[edit]

toucher

  1. to touch

Conjugation[edit]

  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

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