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Chiant Meaning & Translation – annoying in French

Chiant Meaning & Translation – annoying in French

In this lesson we’ll examine a slang adjective that almost never appears in the textbooks: chiant. Translations for chiant include “really annoying/irritating”, “a pain in the ass” and “really boring”. Use caution with this adjective! It is considered vulgar and should only be used with friends.


annoying/pain in the ass

French word of the day: "Chiant" (annnoying, pain in the ass)

Chiant Meaning & Translation

I learned the adjective chiant orally when I was an exchange student in a French high school. As mentioned this word is extremely informal, and you’d generally only hear it in spoken French.

Chiant is the present participle of the verb chier (to crap). Given that chiant is an adjective, it has masculine and feminine forms:

chiant / chiante

In its most simplistic form, here’s how to use chiant:

Oh là là, c’est chiant !

Oh, what a pain, it’s/that’s annoying!

If somebody is really bothering you, you can definitly describe them with the word chiant. The following example sentence uses the word mec (guy), which we covered in this post.

Il m’enèrve ce mec. Il est trop chiant !

This guy is bothering me. He’s really annoying (a pain in the ass)!

The next example sentence includes the expression en avoir marre (to be fed up, sick of), which we covered in this post.

J’en ai marre de ces voisins : ils sont vraiment chiants !

I’m sick of these neighbors. They’re really annoying (a pain in the ass)!

In the following example sentence, the word ce can traslate roughly to “this” or “that”. Ce is an example of a demonstrative adjective.

Il est chiant ce chien. Il n’arrête pas d’aboyer.

This/that dog is annoying (a pain in the ass). He doesn’t stop barking.

In our final example sentence, chiant translates to “very boring” or “very dull”.

Ce film est vraiment chiant. Tu ne vas pas l’aimer.

This movie is very boring (dull). You’re not going to like it.


Et voilà ! You now have a very solid grasp of how to use chiant in French. Hopefully today’s lesson wasn’t too chiante. Now check out our lesson covering nul/nulle, another slang adjective which means “lousy” or “sucks”.

Example of "chian" (annoying) in French.

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David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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