Frenchify French"i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frenchified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frenchifying}.] [French + -fy.] To make French; to infect or imbue with the manners or tastes of the French; to Gallicize. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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  • Frenchify — 1590s, from FRENCH (Cf. French) + IFY (Cf. ify). Usually contemptuous (e.g. Richardson in his introduction to Pamela, beseeching the editor not to Frenchify our English solidity into froth and whip syllabub ). Related: Frenchified; Frenchifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • Frenchify — [fren′chi fī΄] vt., vi. Frenchified, Frenchifying to make or become French or like the French in customs, ideas, manners, etc. Frenchification n …   English World dictionary

  • Frenchify — Frenchification, n. /fren cheuh fuy /, v.t., Frenchified, Frenchifying. (often l.c.) to make (something or someone) resemble the French, as in manners, customs, or dress: to Frenchify the spelling of one s name. [1585 95; FRENCH + IFY] * * * …   Universalium

  • Frenchify — verb /ˈfrɛntʃɪfaɪ/ a) to make (something) more French in appearance or character. This café likes to Frenchify the names of its dishes to make them sound better than they actually are mdash; they call their fish and chips poisson frites . b) To… …   Wiktionary

  • frenchify — transitive verb ( ified; ifying) Usage: often capitalized Date: 1592 to make French in qualities, traits, or typical practices • frenchification noun, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frenchify — v. make or become French in nature or appearance or quality; make someone or something look like or be similar to the French (in customs, manners or dress) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Frenchify — verb (Frenchifies, Frenchifying, Frenchified) often derogatory make French in form or character …   English new terms dictionary

  • frenchify — french·ify …   English syllables

  • Frenchify — French•i•fy [[t]ˈfrɛn tʃəˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing. (often l.c.) to cause to resemble the French • Etymology: 1585–95 French i•fi•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • Frenchify — /ˈfrɛntʃəfaɪ/ (say frenchuhfuy) verb (t) (Frenchified, Frenchifying) (sometimes lower case) to make French; imbue with French qualities. –Frenchification, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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