Main meanings of mauvais langue in English

: mauvais langue1mauvais langue2

mauvais langue1

Pronunciation /ˌməʊveɪ ˈlɒŋɡ/

noun

Caribbean, West African
  • Malicious gossip or rumours; critical or slanderous talk.

adjective

Caribbean, West African
  • Given to or characterized by malicious gossip; backbiting; slanderous.

Origin

1940s. From French Creole mauvais langue from French mauvais bad + langue; evidently a French Creole calque from West African languages parallel to the Anglophone Creole calque bad-talk.

Main meanings of mauvais langue in English

: mauvais langue1mauvais langue2

mauvais langue2

Pronunciation /məʊˌveɪ ˈlɒŋɡ/

verb

(also mauvaise langue)
Caribbean, West African
  • To disparage, criticize, or abuse (a person, especially someone who is not present).

Origin

1950s. From mauvais langue.