French Charades - Way Freakin Cool

by Ariette

I thought Tash's post of French Charades was so cool, we tried it and it caused hysteria - the laughing type, so we've found some more funny French sayings and phrases to act out in charades that you may (or may not) know:


art nouveau
a style of decoration and architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It takes a capital in French (Art nouveau).

a classical type of dance

a long, narrow loaf of bread with a crispy crust, otherwise called 'French bread' in the United Kingdom and United States.

unimpressed with something because of overfamiliarity, jaded.

bon appétit
literally "good appetite"; enjoy your meal

bon voyage
literally "good journey"; have a good trip!

"good day," a standard greeting in the morning or afternoon

a handful of flowers

a brown-haired girl. For brown-haired man, French uses brun and for a woman brune. "Brunette" is rarely used in French, unless in old literature, and its masculine form, "brunet" (for a boy), is almost unheard of.

lit. negative; trite through overuse; a stereotype

a small exclusive group of friends; always used in a pejorative way in French.

a nativity display; more commonly (in the United Kingdom), a place where children are left by their parents for short periods in the supervision of childminders; both meanings still exist in French

crème brûlée
a dessert consisting primarily of custard and toasted sugar, that is, caramel; literally "burnt cream"

a dead-end street; literally "arse buttocks of the bag". Even though "cul" is vulgar in French, this expression in itself is not (see also amuse-gueule). Equivalent terms "impasse" or "voie sans issue" are also used in French.

eau de Cologne
a type of perfume, originating in Cologne, Germany. Its Italian creator used a French name to commercialize it, Cologne at that time being under the control of France.

eau de toilette
literally "grooming water." It usually refers to a aromatic product that is less expensive than a perfume because it has less of the aromatic compounds and is more for an everyday use. Can not be shortened as eau, which means something else altogether in French (water).

a cream and chocolate icing pastry

false, ersatz, fake.

betrothed; lit. a man/woman engaged to be married.

a type or class, such as "the thriller genre"

Grand Prix
a type of motor racing, literally "Great Prize"

hors d'oeuvre
"outside the main work": appetizer

haute couture
"high sewing": Paris-based custom-fitted clothing; trend-setting fashion

haute cuisine
upscale gastronomy; literally "high cooking."

je ne sais pas
"I don't know"; collapses to chais pas ʃɛpa in modern colloquial speech

je ne sais quoi
"I-don't-know-what": an indescribable or indefinable 'something' that distinguishes the object in question from others that are superficially similar.

je t'aime
I love you. Implies "I like you" too. The French word "aimer" implies all the different kinds of love (love = like). To differentiate the two, one would say simply "je t'aime" to one's love whereas one would say "je t'aime bien" (lit. I love you well) to a friend.

joie de vivre
"joy of life/living"

a set of clothing and accessories for a new baby

coarse lace work made with knotted cords

young unmarried lady, miss; literally "my noble young lady"


verve; flamboyance

lit. chewed paper; a craft medium using paper and paste

a restaurant owner

Translates as late, but is used as a derogative term for someone who is a slow thinker

subversive destruction, from the practice of workers fearful of industrialization destroying machines by tossing their sabots ("wooden shoes") into machinery

one who commits sabotage

lit. jumped; quickly fry in a small amount of oil.

literally "see there"; in French it can mean simply "there it is"; in English it is generally restricted to a triumphant revelation.

For the more daring:

Ah, la vache! (lit: oh, the cow!): oh my god!

à l’eau de rose (lit: with rose water): sentimental/soppy

à toutes les sauces (lit: with all the sauces): in all sorts of ways

au poil (lit: to a hair): perfect; flawless

avoir le gueule de bois (lit: to have a wooden face): to have a hangover

avoir le bourdon (lit: to have the bumblebee): to feel down/have the blues

avoir le cafard (lit: to have the cockroach): be down in the dumps; have the blues

avoir le démon de midi (lit: to have the midday demon): to have a midlife crisis

avoir un chat dans la gorge ) (lit: to have a cat in your throat): to have a frog in your throat

avoir une faim de loup (to have the hunger of a wolf): to be ravenous/starving hungry

avoir une peur bleue de quelque chose (lit: to have the blue fear): to be scared stiff of something

avoir une araignée au plafond (lit: to have a spider in the head):to have a screw loose

c'est la fin des haricots (lit: that's the end of the beans) : it's the last straw/its hopeless or that's the end of it

chercher des puces (lit: to look for fleas): to bug/annoy someone

les carottes sont cuites (lit: the carrots are cooked): I've had it/that's enough

quand on parle du loup (on en voit la queue) (lit: When you talk about the wolf (you see its tail)): speak of the devil

quelle mouche t'a piqué? (lit: which fly bit you?): what's your problem? what's the matter with you?

se fair une toile (lit: to make a fabric): Go to the movies.

un film trop mortel (lit: a film too mortal): such a good movie

zut alors! (no translation!): holy smokes/darn!

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Loved the French Words
by: Natalia

My friends and I absolutely loved the French words thank you, we had hours of fun. Cheers!

by: Helen

Wow… French charades are really tough ones by the look of these words. I can’t even think about finding appropriate actions to represent these words. It would be a tough to play using these charades.

French Sayings and Phrases For Charades
by: Tash

Thank's Ariette, you just gave us more awesome ideas. Are you on for a French Charades Words Competition? (Just Kidding)

I'm so glad someone else found the fun in this too!

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