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French term or phrase:bête
English translation:stupid
Entered by: jgal
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08:49 Aug 21, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: bete
ton bete
matt
stupid
Explanation:
without more context, it is difficult to suggest a translation, but if the sentence is something like 'il l'a dit sur un ton bête', it would mean 'he said it in a stupid way'.

Alternatively, it could be a machine translation and mean something completely different. If you want a more specific answer, I suggest you give the whole sentence...
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jgal
Local time: 20:15
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Summary of answers provided
na +2stupid
jgal
nacould it be a faulty transcription of something someone said?
Patrick McKeown
nais it a love letter?
CLS Lexi-tech
naYour animalAlessandra Hall
nasilly, stupid
Germaine A Hoston
na -1fool
Mats Wiman
na -2beast
Andrei Vrabtchev


  

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7 mins peer agreement (net): -2
beast


Explanation:
your beast
P.S. Bonne chance :)))


    personal experience
Andrei Vrabtchev
Bulgaria
Local time: 21:15
Native speaker of: Native in BulgarianBulgarian, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  jgal: not very French - the word bête is feminine!
2 mins

disagree  Jennifer White: "ton" must be a noun here, so this must mean a stupid tone (of voice).
6 hrs
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7 mins
silly, stupid


Explanation:
Need some context here, but bête generally means silly, foolish, or stupid. A "ton bête" could refer to some talking in a silly manner or with a silly tone of voice. Still, sounds a bit strange if that is what it means.


    any French dictionary
Germaine A Hoston
Local time: 11:15
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8 mins peer agreement (net): +2
stupid


Explanation:
without more context, it is difficult to suggest a translation, but if the sentence is something like 'il l'a dit sur un ton bête', it would mean 'he said it in a stupid way'.

Alternatively, it could be a machine translation and mean something completely different. If you want a more specific answer, I suggest you give the whole sentence...

jgal
Local time: 20:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 897
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Youri PIEDBOIS

agree  Alexandra Hague
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9 mins
Your animal


Explanation:
But it would depend on the context, as bete may also mean stupid or silly (if used as an adjective).

Alessandra Hall
United States
Local time: 14:15
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28 mins
is it a love letter?


Explanation:
See below:

Je ne connais personne si bête en amour... "Les liaisons dangereuses"

"L'amour consiste a être bête ensemble"
Paul Valery cité par King Kong


yours, foolishly in love

just trying a different approach, for lack of context.

regards

paola l m


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 14:15
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
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2 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
fool


Explanation:
You fool!

bête=stupid (adj.),
b^te (noun)=fool, blockhead, nitwit, chump, dope


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Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 20:15
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 133

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  jgal: no that would be 'espèce d'idiot' or something similar, and in no way corresponds to the phrase given!
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10 hrs
could it be a faulty transcription of something someone said?


Explanation:
"ton bete" = "t'embete" as in "t'embete pas pour ca"

A long shot, I know, but without context it's difficult to be sure.

coleman

Patrick McKeown
Italy
Local time: 20:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 21
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