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Foutre – How to use this super useful French slang verb

Foutre – How to use this super useful French slang verb

Today we’ll look at what I believe to be the single most useful slang verb in the French langauge: Foutre. This verb is basically and intensified version of faire (to make or do). For example, “Qu’est-ce que tu fous”? (What the heck/f* are you doing?). The list of usages of foutre is very long and this lesson provides a nice overview.


to make, do – useful slang verb

Foutre – meaning and examples


Foutre (intensified version of faire) is an irregular RE verb. This means that it’s endings are different than other regular RE verbs when conjugated in the present tense.

Je fous I do (or make)
Tu fous You do (singular, familiar)
Il, elle fout He, she does
Nous foutons We do
Vous foutez You do (plural, formal)
Ils, elles foutent They do

Example sentences

For this first example sentence, foutre is being used in the same way as faire (to make, to do). Hence, je ne fais rien aujourd’hui means “I’m not doing anything today”.

Je me sens paresseux et je ne fous rien aujourd’hui !

I feel lazy and am not doing a darn thing today!

The reflexive expression se foutre de means “to not care about” or “to not give a darn/damn/f* about”. This is strong langauge. Be careful. Also, notice, the pronoun en is included and not omitted in this example sentence. Technically, it shouldn’t be there. But, it appears in the expression in street French.

Je m’en fous de ton opinion !

I don’t care about your opinion!

The expression n’en avoir rien à foutre means “to not care about” or “to not give a darn/damn/f* about”. Again, be careful with this expression – it’s strong. Also notice that in this example the ne is omitted as it’s French slang. This lesson covers rien (nothing, anything) in detail.

De toute façon, j’en ai rien à foutre !

Anyways, I don’t give a f*!

The expression foutre le camp means “get lost”, “beat it”, “scram” or “get out of here”.

Fous le camp ! Tu m’énerves !

Get lost! You’re bothering me!

In the passé composé, j’ai foutu translates to “I put” and is synonymous j’ai mis (passé composé of mettre, to put). Maudit translates to “damn”.

Où est-ce que j’ai foutu les maudites clés ?

Where did I put my darn keys?

The expression se foutre de la gueule means “to mock” and is synonymous with se moquer. Hence, we could also write this sentence, “Est-ce que tu te moques de moi?”.

Est-ce que tu te fous de ma gueule ?

Are you mocking me?


Et voilà ! You now know several ways to use the slang verb foutre. Now check our our lesson covering another useful slang verb bosser (to work, to work hard).

Example of how to use "foutre"
Cette femme ne fout rien aujourd’hui (This lady isn’t doing a darn thing today) – Example of how to use the French slang verb “foutre”.

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David Issokson

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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