Meaning of merde in English:


Pronunciation /mɛːd/ /mɛʀd/


  • Used as a mild, generally humorous substitute for ‘shit’

    ‘Merde! What had she done!’
    • ‘We're very good at it and the French are, quite frankly, merde!’
    • ‘The husky female voice on the other end explained in mangled Franglish that she would like to - merde!’
    • ‘But, as he must have pronounced it, the word ‘mud’ had overtones of another of Dickens's favourite words, merde.’
    • ‘Sure, it's as ugly as merde, but it's bigger than their Boeings.’
    • ‘It hardly captures the mood of the whole thing but tough merde.’
    • ‘The only way the French like to see us is with egg on our faces and our boots deep in the merde.’
    • ‘And they may be blown to merde, bloodied and scattered downslope!’
    • ‘The comments, overheard and gleefully printed in the Liberation newspaper, have landed the French president deep in the merde on the eve of this week's crucial G8 summit in Scotland.’
    • ‘Standing before an expectant audience of French speakers with nothing but a few pitiful phrases and a lot of arm-waving to offer, the whole idea now appears vraiment merde.’
    • ‘Sometimes I fear we are on the cusp of another age du merde again - a catastrophic meltdown in taste not seen since the 70s.’
    • ‘Decay, dirt, and untidiness - generally, merde - is actually a rather common theme in modern art.’
    • ‘Take the omnipresent merde in the streets, for example.’
    • ‘It's just too bad these guys don't come through town as often as the manufactured merde that passes for punk these days.’
    • ‘They emerge from the mud of modern history - the merde of the twentieth century - but it is not possible to say with what viewpoint.’
    • ‘In some instances, employees may seek to demonstrate their sophistication by employing such expressions as merde or putain.’
    • ‘After all, the French have been throwing merde in the direction of anyone trying to call fizzy wine ‘champagne’ for years.’


French, from Latin merda ‘excrement, dung’.