Smarty Pants

12:17 Aug 1, 2018
English to French translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: Smarty Pants
Niveaux de jeu:

"Student
Skilled
Smarty Pants
Knowledgeable
Knowtastic"

merci d'avance !
Francoise Csoka
Local time: 20:02


Summary of answers provided
4 +6futé / roublard
Kevin Oheix
4 +2(monsieur) je-sais-tout
FX Fraipont
4débrouillard
Elisabeth Gootjes
4audacieux
Nathalie Stewart
4 -1Parties compliquées
HERBET Abel


  

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
smarty pants
audacieux


Explanation:
In English:
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/fr/dictionnaire/anglais/sma...
Someone who wants to appear to be clever (informal)

En français :
(normalement cela correspondrait à snob, arrogant, effronté, impertinent, impudent etc. - mais ici on doit le nuancer de façon plus positive - c'est plus qu'un débutant, mais moins que "knowledgeable" qui est réellement instruit et compétent)

> je proposerais audacieux, intrépide, hardi, casse-cou, téméraire

Nathalie Stewart
France
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: But surely that really connotes 'brave / daring', which is not really the idea here; I was going to say something like 'astucieux', to better convey the notion of soemone who's pretty good at sorting things out...
37 mins
  -> Thank you. I read it differently - I was thinking more of someone who is already skilled and is becoming a little over-confident, but without yet being truly knowledgeable. To me, "smarty pants" is not the same as "smart."

neutral  Daryo: makes little sense in this context - which is a list of increasing levels of skill at playing this game - "overconfident" / "audacieux"is NOT a level of skill
11 hrs
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7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): -1
smarty pants
Parties compliquées


Explanation:
Suggéré

HERBET Abel
Local time: 20:02
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in category: 30

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Tony M: I can't see how that could in any way reflect the sense of the source term? Are you getting confused between 'pants' and 'party'?
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9 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
smarty pants
futé / roublard


Explanation:
Pour rester dans le même registre.

- petit génie (ingénieux), débrouillard

"Les roublards s'appuient sur ​​la compétence, la discrétion et les faiblesses de leurs ennemis pour prendre la main dans n'importe quelle situation. Ils ont le don de trouver la solution à n'importe quel problème, démontrant une ingéniosité et une polyvalence qui est la pierre angulaire de toute aventure réussie".

https://www.aidedd.org/regles/classes/roublard/

Kevin Oheix
France
Local time: 20:02
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jocelyne Cuenin: Le rapprochement fute / pants et futé a de quoi faire sourire ! Mais je ne saurais pas le traduire sans contexte.
7 hrs
  -> Ah oui, exact, le futal est le pantalon. Registre familier de plus. Merci.

agree  Daryo
10 hrs

agree  B D Finch
11 hrs

agree  Zeineb Nalouti
14 hrs

agree  Debora Blake: "futé" : très bien trouvé !
14 hrs

neutral  FX Fraipont: "someone who wants to appear to be clever: " pas du tout le sens de "roublard"...
19 hrs

neutral  Tony M: This suggests to me an almost admiring tone, rather at odds with the admonitory ironic tone of the original expression.
19 hrs

agree  GILOU
1 day 11 hrs
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1 day 31 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
smarty pants
débrouillard


Explanation:
Compte-tenu du contexte, je pencherais plus pour "débrouillard" : une personne qui sait, un peu, mais/et qui trouve des solutions (quitte à se tromper, parfois).

Elisabeth Gootjes
France
Local time: 20:02
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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1 day 4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
smarty pants
(monsieur) je-sais-tout


Explanation:
"monsieur Je-sais-tout / Bob | ABC de la langue française - Définition ...
http://www.languefrancaise.net/Bob/34764
Mot: monsieur Je-sais-tout — Définition: Sobriquet ironique donné à celui qui semble avoir la réponse à tout ; ironiquement, à qqun qui croit tout savoir ..."

"someone who wants to appear to be clever:
[ as form of address ] Okay, smarty-pants, you tell me how to do it. "
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/smarty-p...

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Note added at 1 day 4 hrs (2018-08-02 16:53:01 GMT)
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"smarty pants : a smarty
informal : A know-all."
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/smarty

FX Fraipont
Belgium
Local time: 20:02
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 504

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: Yup, to me that captures the essence of 'clever clogs' etc. — someone who THINKS they know it all, but one step down from the actual knowledgeable person!
26 mins
  -> thanks Tony!

agree  Jane F
16 hrs
  -> thanks!
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