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All about the French idiom "Faux cul"

We are going to explain you everything you want to know about the funny idiom "Faux cul". More precisely, it includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example. And because we want to help you on your learning journey, we also added some useful stuff like synonym, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

English translation

  • Translation : Hypocrite

  • Literal meaning : Fake ass

  • Register : Informal - Funny

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / fo ky /

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What does faux cul mean?


It literally means:

You probably wonder why "Faux-cul" (Fake ass) ended up meaning "Hypocrite" in French?

Well, the "fake ass" originally referred to a padding that women wore under their dresses to increase the apparent volume of their butt.

Since the usage of such trick can be qualified as misleading and hypocritical, we ended up using it more globally to refer to a hypocritical person. (No matter if this person's butt is real or not...)

How to use

Use it simply the same way you would use the word "Hypocrite". But beware that it's familiar and can be perceived as aggressive depending on the context.


Example in a dialogue


Ton amie te critique dans ton dos

Your friend criticizes you behind your back

Sérieusement ?


Oui, c'est une faux cul !

Yes, she is a fake-ass!*

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Tomber dans les pommes


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Ça coûte la peau des fesses