Definition of mauvaise langue in English:

mauvaise langue

noun

  • A vituperative gossip, a scandalmonger. Also (literal): an evil or malicious tongue.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Charlotte Yonge (1823–1901), novelist. From French mauvaise langue from mauvaise, feminine of mauvais bad + langue.

Pronunciation

mauvaise langue

/məʊˈveɪz ˈlɒ̃ɡ/