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Vachement Meaning & Translation: Really, So, Very in French

Vachement Meaning & Translation: Really, So, Very in French

Today we’ll cover a really fun French word: vachment, which means “really”, “so” and “very”. Vachement is comprised of the word vache (cow) and the common French adverb ending -ment. So, what we’re really saying is “cowly”! Il est vachement mignon, ton chien! (Your dog is very cute!). Let’s jump right into sentences!


really, so, very

French lesson explaining the meaning of the adverb "vachement": really, so, very.

Vachement meaning: really, so and very

Word origin

According to, the adverb vachement first appeared in 1906 with the meaning “in a mean way” and then again in 1930 with the meanings “utterly” or “totally”. The meaning evolved to “hugely” over time.

Example sentences

For these first two example sentences, vachement can translate to “really”, “so” and “very”. French synonyms could be très (very), vraiment (really) and si (so).

Dis donc, tu parles vachement bien français ! Où est-ce que tu as appris ?

Hey! You speak French really well! Where did you learn?

Il est vachement cool, ton patron !

Your boss is really cool!

In this next example, vachement translates to “a lot” and is a synonym for beaucoup (a lot).

J’ai vachement aimé ce film !

I liked this movie a lot

As a one-word exclamation, “vachement!” translates loosly to “You can say that again!”. This post covers how to use français (French) in French.

Le français est une langue très difficile. – Oui, vachement!

French is a very difficult language. – Yeah! You can say that again!


Et voilà ! You know now know how to use the adverb vachement in French! Now check out our lesson covering the expression parler comme une vache espagnole (to speak a langauge very poorly).

Example of how to use "vachement" in French: Il est vachement mignon, ton chien! = Your dog is very cute!
Il est vachement mignon, ton chien! = Your dog is very cute!

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