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French Word of the Day: Craquant

French word of the Day: Craquant
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This adjective shouldn't just be applied to a baguette left in the oven for too long - it is also a very endearing way to describe someone.

Why do I need to know craquant

Because it is hard not to smile when you meet that special someone. 

What does it mean?

Craquant, pronounced “crack-on”, has two meanings. 

Literally speaking, it is used to describe things that make a cracking sound or to describe crunchy foods.

For example you could say Ces biscuits sont craquants – These biscuits are crunchy. 

More colloquially though, craquant is a word used to describe someone who is cute or adorable e.g. il est trop craquant/elle est trop craquante – He/she is so cute 

T’as un sourire craquant – You have a cute smile 

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Taking this second meaning, there is another phrase that people used, in which craquant is transformed into the verb, craquer. It is a way to saying that you have a romantic and/or sexual attraction to someone. 

Je craque sur toi – I fancy you 

Synonyms 

croquant, croustillant – Crunchy/Crispy

Joli, mignon, adorable – These are ways of expressing the affectionate meaning of craquant 


Member comments

  1. Also plein à craquer = full to bursting. Craquer sur quelque chose can also be about a thing, e.g. new item of clothing.

  2. For craquant one could say “cracking” in english. eg. That was a cracking meal you cooked. She is a cracking looker, he is a cracking footballer.

    1. In Australia « What a cracker! » means something is amazingly good. A cracker of a meal, a cracker of a day, a cracker of a bloke, etc.

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