Meaning of Frenchify in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfrɛn(t)ʃɪfʌɪ/

Translate Frenchify into Spanish

verbverb Frenchifies, verb Frenchifying, verb Frenchified

[with object]often derogatory
  • Make French in form, character, or manners.

    ‘it drives me nuts when people Frenchify the name ‘meritage’’
    • ‘She concludes: ‘I'd say Australian English is no more likely to be Americanised than English English is to be Frenchified.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Zh’ works better as a French pronunciation than ‘j’ does, and Americans seem to have a fondness for Frenchifying all foreign words.’
    • ‘Still quite light at 16 to 18 pounds, the Frenchified bulldog was thinner and rangier, longer legged and longer bodied than its predecessor.’
    • ‘It was Frenchified in the 19th and 20th centuries, and now a majority of the city's inhabitants speak French.’
    • ‘The little Frenchified figure turned gracefully and took down another dozen cases of revolvers from the shelf.’
    • ‘As French is the universal language of culture what could be more natural than Frenchifying the names of artistic geniuses from other countries?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He Frenchifies their apple pie while observing with an aching heart how much better adapted to expatriation they are than he is.’
    • ‘Instead of trying to Frenchify the men, let us try to Frenchify the women.’
    • ‘From the very outset it needs to be stated that these series of lectures do not Frenchify McLuhan.’
    • ‘It rhymes with a snooty, Frenchified pronunciation of orange.’