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Old French Keyword Dictionary (F)

   Many Old French words can be found by simply looking them up in any modern French dictionary. This glossary lists those words that are no longer a part of the modern French language. New words will be added to this glossary as soon as they become available.



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NOTE: A lower case "f" might actually be an "s".

Facheaux - (O.F. a.) troublesome, grievous

Facet - (L. v.) to do easily
         note: from Latin "facesso" - to do eagerly

Facher - (O.F. a.) angry

Faict - (O.F. v.) make, act, create, do, fake

Faillir - (O.F. p.) failing, falling

Faim - (O.F. n.f.) hunger, desire, passion, suffering

Fainct - (O.F. n.) false, feigned

Fair/Faire - (O.F. v.) to do, make create, act, etc..

Famine - (O.F. n.) famine

Farouches - (O.F. a.) ferocious

Faschee - (O.F. n.) fascist, fascism

Faudra - (O.F. v. fut.) will need, will be needing, needy, faulted

Faulte - (O.F. n.) fault, sin, error

Favorable - (O.F. a.) favorable

Favory - (O.F. a.) favored

Felice - (O.F. a.) happy, joyful

Femme - (O.F. n.) woman, female

Fenera - (F. v. fut.) will diminish

Fer - (F. n.) steel, iron, steel blade, sword, swordsman, iron globe (bomb), etc..

Fera - (O.F. v. fut.) will be, will cause, will make

Feront - (O.F. v. fut.) they will be, they will cause, they will make

Fertile - (O.F. a.) loyal, friendly

Festes - (O.F. n. plur.) festivals, celebrations

Feu/Feux - (O.F. n.) fire, on fire, flame, burning pain

Feut - (F. p.) filled, thick, stuffed

Fez - (F. n.) Turkey, Ottomans, Turkish coast of Africa

Fiel - (O.F. n.) jealousy, bitterness. hatred

Fier - (O.F. a.) fierce

Figuieres - (O.F. n. plur.) fig trees, orchard

Fille - (O.F. n.) daughter

Filz - (O.F. n.) son

Fin/Finie - (O.F. n.) the end, the finish

Flambe - (O.F. n.) flame, aura

Flateurs - (O.F. n. plur.) flatterers

Fleaux - (O.F. n.) disaster, scourge, catastrophe

Fleur/Fleurir - (O.F. n.) flower, bloom, blossom, luster, fleur-de-lis, papacy

Fleur-de-lis - (O.F. n.) a crest of 3 lilies, Catholic Church, papacy

Fleuve - (O.F. n.) river, route, course, source
         source: Cassell's French Dictionary ISBN# 0-02-522620-7
         note: in 15th century Europe, rivers were the main "route" or "course" of travel between major cities. Roads were poorly kept and often beset by robbers.

Foi/Foy - (O.F. n.) faith, holy action

Fois - (O.F. n.) a time, times

Force - (O.F. n.) force, forces, troops, by force

Forme - (O.F. n.) form

Forest - (O.F. n.) forest

Fort/Forte - (O.F. n.) strong, strength

Fortune - (O.F. n.) fortunes

Fouldres - (O.F. n., plur.) flames, lightning, a thunderbolt, a fearsome person

Foy - (O.F. n.) faith, act, holy act

Franche - (F. v.) break free

Fraper - (O.F. v.) strike

Fratricider - (O.F. v.) brother murderer, murderer friar

Frenetique - (O.F. a.) frenetic

Frere - (O.F. n.) brother

Frise - (O.F. n.f.) Holland, Netherlands, Belgium, Flanders

Froit - (O.F. n.) cold

Froment - (O.F. n.) wheat

Front - (O.F. n.) face, forehead

Fruit/Fruict/Fruitz - (O. F. n.) fruit, progeny, children

Frustrez - (O.F. v.) frustrate

Fuir - (O.F. v.) flee, escape

Fulgures - (O.F. n. plur.) explosions

Furent - (O. F. p.) were

Fureur - (O.F. n.) fury

Fut - (O.F. n.) future



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   The Old French language included many words from Latin and Greek word roots and also regional dialects such as Provencal and and Catalan. You can also check under the classical "class." and figurative "fig." listings in larger modern French dictionaries. Old French can also differ from modern French, since words like "fleuve," which now means "river," also meant "route" or "course," in Old France because rivers were often used as the safest "route" or "course" when travelling between major cities, since roads were poorly maintained, and robbers often waited along these routes. Please keep in mind that many figures of speech such as the "oil and the wine," which does not seem to make much sense today, in those days meant the "good things."

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