une sorcière – French expression

Witch Sorciere

une sorcière  – Mot du Jour

une sorcière – literally a witch – doesn’t only mean ‘a witch’ in French. It also means a malicious, unpleasant, selfish woman, a nightmare of a woman. In American English slang, it would be: ‘a bitch’.

And guess what, the masculine for une sorcière, un sorcier, actually means a good wizard. Interesting how the feminine word is really negative, a bitch, and the masculine word very positive, a wizard.

Check out other French words that don’t have a feminine equivalent here.

  • « J’en ai marre de la voisine. Elle arrête pas de mettre des saletés devant chez nous, elle fait du bruit jusqu’à pas d’heure. C’est une vraie sorcière. »
    • “I’m tired of the neighbor. She doesn’t stop putting garbage in front of our house, she makes noise until odd hours. She’s a nightmare of a woman.”
Related : Halloween in France in Halloween and La Toussaint . Trick or Treat in French . No feminine form in It’s so French .


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