Mots difficiles en anglais

N word

moyen politiquement correct de dire "nigga", "nigger", "negro" « One of the students is alleged to have used the N word during the altercation »


to nail = baiser


nombril (=belly button).


abominable, néfaste, malfaisant. « He is being manipulated for some nefarious purpose. »


ortie. « Nettles have a bad reputation. They sting and they're invasive. »
to grasp the nettle = se jeter à l'eau, prendre le taureau par les cornes. « I hope the government grasps the nettle and comes up with a valid, long-term solution. »


lien, connexion « There's a nexus between women's empowerment and poverty reduction. »


  [car, jacket, bag] qui a du chic, qui a de la classe (=stylish)
[place] chouette « Bridgeport was a pretty nifty place »
[gadget, tool] astucieux « this nifty Add-On lets you search our full database from your browser » « a couple of nifty tricks that I've seen scattered around the Internet. »


agile « everything had been stitched by Molly's nimble fingers. »        
vif « if they want to keep their minds nimble, they must use them. »        
nimble-fingered = aux doigts agiles  
nimble-footed = au pied léger  
nimbleness = agilité, vivacité




« to get down to the nitty-gritty » = en venir au fond du problème  
« the nitty-gritty of politics » = la dure réalité de la politique
« nitty-gritty of life » = dures réalités de la vie


imbécile, nigaud, crétin « He's just a nitwit » « What nitwits we are! » « Texas, often depicted as a land of gun-toting nitwits... »

no brainer

chose facile, évidence. « Saving seems like a no brainer, but is often harder than it sounds. »


simple comme bonjour. « It's a no-brainer »


low cost. « No-frills airlines, no-frills holiday. »


it's a no-no = ça ne se fait pas  
impossible « we all know that cheating on our taxes is a no-no »


faire oui de la tête → « "Are you okay?" I asked. She nodded. »
I nodded in agreement = J'ai fait oui de la tête.
(in greeting) faire un signe de tête, faire un signe de la tête.
to nod one's head = faire oui de la tête → « He grinned and nodded his head vigorously. »
to nod one's agreement = acquiescer d'un signe de tête → « They nodded their agreement. »
to nod one's head to sb = saluer qn d'un signe de tête → « He nodded his head to his friends on the other side of the room. »
to nod one's head towards sth = signaler qch de la tête → « He nodded his head towards the bed (= il a signalé le lit de la tête). »

signe de tête, signe de la tête → « I left the table with a nod to my host (= Je me levai de table en saluant mon hôte d'un signe de tête). »« "There it is," said Rex, with a nod towards a white building. »« "It looks very nice," she says with a nod (= "C'est très joli", dit-elle en hochant la tête). »
to give a nod (to show agreement) faire signe que oui de la tête → « Todd agreed and gave a nod. »
to give sb the nod = donner le feu vert à qn


aka "noobie" or "noo bee".
s omeone who is new to a game, or website, online game, or something.  « I'm a total noob at ActionScript »
someone who is new at something/ sucks at life in general.
Originaly "new meat" and refered to new troops fresh to the field.

nosey, nosy

curieux → « those nosey neighbours ; don't be so nosey! »




entaille, encoche, cran « they cut notches in the handle of their pistol for each man they shoot. » « His latest work is several notches above anything he has produced before. »        
to move up a notch = augmenter d'un cran.
top notch: de premier ordre, haut de gamme.

nothing whatsoever

absolument rien There's nothing whatsoever we can do about it.
none whatsoever : absolument aucun "Do you have any regrets?" "none whatsoever."


to nudge : donner un (petit) coup de coude à → « The girls grinned and nudged each other. »
a nudge : un coup de pouce → « All he needed was a nudge. »
to give sb a nudge in the right direction = pousser doucement qn dans la bonne direction.


lâcher une bombe atomique sur
arme nucléaire
centrale nucléaire


coquille de noix ◊ in a nutshell = en un mot → This, in a nutshell, is what Richard Chaplin appears to have done.
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