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Discover the French word "Tais-toi"

You are going to discover everything you ever wanted to know about the funny French word "Tais-toi". To be clear, this includes a full guide of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. Along with the useful informations we added like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonym and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : Keep quiet

  • Register : Informal - Funny - Swear

Audio pronunciation



  • IPA : / tɛtwa /

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What does tais-toi mean?


The literal meaning is:

How to use it

There are many ways to say "Shut up" in French and even if it's never a pleasant thing to say, some ways are (much) more harsh than others.

You can find all the possibilities in the section "Synonyms" below, but basically if you want to say it "Politely" you can say: "Arrête de parler" or "Chut" or "Silence".

To say it "Vulgarly" use instead: "La ferme" or "Ta gueule" or "Ferme ta gueule"

But... What about "Tais-toi"? Well, it's right between these two groups: neither super polite, nor very vulgar. That's why it's better to use it with people you are comfortable with and definitely not in a work environment.

Synonyms / Related

Example in a dialogue


À mon avis, la terre est plate

In my opinion, earth is flat

Tais-toi, bolosse

Shut up, loser

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