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Un homme et une femme  by Claude Lelouche

Nouns referring to human beings 

and animals close to them

 

Gender of nouns referring to human beings, unlike others, is "most" of the time semantically motivated so the grammatical gender (masculine / feminine) matches the natural gender or sex (male / female). This is not the case for most animals (see Animals),  except for the one raised or hunted by Humans. 

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REGULAR MASCULINE NOUNS

  • Unmarked masculine nouns (with NO feminine counterpart) referring to a MAN: 

Apollon (Apollo)

appelé(conscript)

as(ace)

aumônier(chaplain)

bagnard(convict)

baladin(wandering entertainer)

bandit, 

beauf(brother-in-low)

benêt(simpleton)

blanc-bec(tenderfoot)

bourreau(executioner)

boy-scout, 

brigand, 

caïd(big chief)

caméraman

Casanova

centurion, 

charlatan, 

cheminot(railwayman)

chevalier(knight)

cheik(sheik)

chouan(counter-revolutionary)

clerc(clerk)

clown, 

cocher(coachman)

commis(assistant/servant)

cornac(mahout)

confesseur(confessor)

cow-boy, 

croisé(crusader)

curé(parish priest)

dandy, 

déserteur(deserter)

dictateur(dictator)

docker, 

don Juan, 

émir(emir)

escroc(crook)

fantassin(foot soldier)

fakir(fakir)

fiston(kid son)

flic(cop)

forgeron(blacksmith)

franc-maçon(freemason)

frérot(kid brother)

freluquet(whippersnapper)

galant(gallant)

 galérien(galley slave),

galopin(ragamuffin) 

gangster,

garçonnet(young boy)

garnement(young imp) 

gay, 

général(general)

gentleman, 

gigolo

gladiateur(gladiator)

gondolier, 

goujat(boor/churl)

gourou(guru)

gourmet(gourmet)

grand manitou(big shot),

gringalet(puny little chap),

guérillero,

hooligan, 

huissier(bailiff),

imam,

imprésario(impresario)

jockey(jockey)

Juda(Judah) 

lama, 

lancier(lancer)

laquais(lackey)

larbin(flunkey)

lascar(character/rogue)

loubard(thug/hooligan)

lord, 

loustic(funny chap/kid)

macho(male chauvinist)

maçon(builder)

maestro, 

malabar(muscle man)

malfaiteur(criminal)

malfrat(crook/thug)

manager(manager)

manant(villein)

mandarin

maquisard(member of the Resistance)

maquereau(pimp)

marabout, 

mari(husband)

marin(sailor)

marmiton(kitchen boy)

matador

matelot(seaman)

mec(guy/man)

ménestrel(minstrel)

mentor

mineur(miner)

minus(moron) 

monsieur(gentleman)

moussaillon(ship's boy),

moutard(little boy),

muezzin,

négrier(slave trader)

officier(officer)

olibrius(queer fellow)

pacha(pasha)

pêcheur(fishman)

palefrenier(ostler)

papa(dad)

pépé(old man)

parrain(godfather)

plaisantin(joker)

play-boy