tutoyer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tutoyer.

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tutoyer (third-person singular simple present tutoyers, present participle tutoyering, simple past and past participle tutoyered)

  1. (transitive) To address (someone) in French using the familiar second-person pronoun tu; to thou.
    • 1862, The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal (volume 115, page 132)
      As I had begged Goethe to tutoyer me, he sent me a message to say, I must really remain more than the two days I had named, otherwise he should never get into the way of doing so.
    • William Stamer, Recollections of a Life of Adventure
      [] Corporal Cornichon, walking straight up to the bar, "tutoyering" me all the time in the most horridly familiar manner, clapped me on the back, and asked me to take a glass of cognac with him.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tu + -oyer with euphonic t; compare the Icelandic þúa, German duzen and English thou. Cognate with Spanish tutear.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ty.twa.je/
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Verb[edit]

tutoyer

  1. (transitive) to thou (to address (someone) using the informal second-person pronoun tu rather than the formal vous)
    Antonym: vouvoyer
  2. (colloquial) to be familiar with, to be close to something.
    Tutoyer la mort.To be no stranger to death

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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’.

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