tournoyer

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

tournoyer

  1. (intransitive, of smoke, leaves, snow flakes) to whirl, to swirl
  2. (intransitive, of water) to eddy, to swirl
  3. (intransitive) to whirl, to swirl, to twirl, to whirl round, to swirl round, to twirl round
  4. (intransitive, of a bird) to circle, to circle round, to wheel

faire tournoyer

  1. (transitive) to twirl, to swing (e.g. a lasso)

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is part of a large group of -er verbs that conjugate like noyer or ennuyer. These verbs always replace the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ before a silent ‘e’.

Further reading[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French tornoier.

Verb[edit]

tournoyer

  1. to participate in a tourney (medieval tournament); to tourney

Conjugation[edit]

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

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • tournoyer on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)