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nouninformal, humorous, derogatory
The French language; (especially) French as studied, spoken, or understood by an English person. Formerly also in plural: French utterances or talk.
adjectiveinformal, humorous, derogatory
French; foreign. Now rare.
verbinformal, humorous, derogatory
no object To speak French; to speak a foreign language; (more generally) to palaver, chat. Also with object: to talk to or address in French; to say in French.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Foote (bap. 1721, d. 1777), actor and playwright. From French parlez-vous.
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