Definition of Frenchify in English:



[WITH OBJECT]derogatory
  • Make French in form, character, or manners.

    ‘she pronounced it without the Frenchified accent’
    • ‘Instead of trying to Frenchify the men, let us try to Frenchify the women.’
    • ‘It rhymes with a snooty, Frenchified pronunciation of orange.’
    • ‘‘Zh’ works better as a French pronunciation than ‘j’ does, and Americans seem to have a fondness for Frenchifying all foreign words.’
    • ‘The little Frenchified figure turned gracefully and took down another dozen cases of revolvers from the shelf.’
    • ‘She concludes: ‘I'd say Australian English is no more likely to be Americanised than English English is to be Frenchified.’’
    • ‘It was Frenchified in the 19th and 20th centuries, and now a majority of the city's inhabitants speak French.’
    • ‘It was to be rather more educational than the ordinary chronicle of events, and among its several great aims’ was to be a crusade to Frenchify English cookery.’
    • ‘Still quite light at 16 to 18 pounds, the Frenchified bulldog was thinner and rangier, longer legged and longer bodied than its predecessor.’
    • ‘As French is the universal language of culture what could be more natural than Frenchifying the names of artistic geniuses from other countries?’
    • ‘One of Thurman's patrons, Alain Locke, recognized the decadent, Frenchified spirit of the 1890s behind Thurman's work, but he did not think it black enough, or decent enough, to advance the political goals of the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, only pretentious radicals who wanted to Frenchify their speech and writing used ‘critique’ as a verb; now there are no pretentious radicals left, but the form has entered into fairly widespread use.’
    • ‘From the very outset it needs to be stated that these series of lectures do not Frenchify McLuhan.’
    • ‘The Orator's conservative aspects have been explored by many scholars but few have drawn attention to its humor (its use of witty dialogues was innovative for its time) or its Frenchified political radicalism.’
    • ‘He Frenchifies their apple pie while observing with an aching heart how much better adapted to expatriation they are than he is.’