[ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh] /ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə/
noun, plural enfants terribles
[ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh] /ɑ̃ fɑ̃ tɛˈri blə/ (Show IPA). French.
an incorrigible child, as one whose behavior is embarrassing.
an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things.
a person whose work, thought, or lifestyle is so unconventional or avant-garde as to appear revolutionary or shocking.
noun (pl) enfants terribles (ɑ̃fɑ̃ tɛriblə)
a person given to unconventional conduct or indiscreet remarks
1851, French, literally “terrible child” (see infant + terrible). One whose unorthodox or shocking speech or manners embarrass his associates as a naughty child embarrasses his elders. French also has enfant gâté, “spoiled child,” hence “person given excessive adulation.”
enfant terrible [(ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh)]
A person who stirs things up in an irresponsible or indiscreet way or has unconventional ideas: “Doctor Hill keeps writing articles that criticize his fellow physicians; he is becoming known as the enfant terrible of his profession.” From French, meaning “terrible child.”
[en-fee-buh l] /ɛnˈfi bəl/ verb (used with object), enfeebled, enfeebling. 1. to make feeble; weaken: That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him. /ɪnˈfiːbəl/ verb 1. (transitive) to make weak; deprive of strength v. mid-14c., from Old French enfeblir “become weak,” from en- (see en- (1)) + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled; enfeebling.
[en-fef, -feef] /ɛnˈfɛf, -ˈfif/ verb (used with object) 1. to invest with a freehold estate in land. 2. to give as a fief. /ɪnˈfiːf/ verb (transitive) 1. (property law) to invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land 2. (in feudal society) to take (someone) into vassalage by giving a fee or […]
[en-fet-er] /ɛnˈfɛt ər/ verb (used with object) 1. to bind with or as with .
[en-feeld] /ˈɛnˌfild/ noun 1. a borough of Greater London, England. 2. a town in N Connecticut. 3. . /ˈɛnfiːld/ noun 1. a borough of Greater London: a N residential suburb. Pop: 280 300 (2003 est). Area: 55 sq km (31 sq miles) type of rifle, 1854, named for government works in Enfield, Middlesex, England, where […]