19 Awesome Brusseleir Words You Need In Your Life

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25 April 2017

The Brussels dialect, or Brusseleirs is an incredibly rich patois which borrows from both Dutch and French. Although it is unfortunately not spoken as much these days, here is a list of some of its most typical vocabulary.

Meaning: Sink

Sukkeleir

Meaning: A loser, someone who is always unlucky.

Meaning: A bald man

Zievereir

Meaning: A joker, someone who tells a lot of tall tales.

Meaning: An old man (peï) or old woman (meï).

Kabberdouchke

Meaning: A disreputable bar. Originated from the French for cabaret douze, which was the lowest rank of café/bar in the 19th century.

Meaning: Someone who is from Brussels, literally a chicken-eater.

Stoemmeling/Stoemerik

Meaning: An idiot.

Meaning: A convincing liar, literally a bottle-uncorker.

Ettefretter

Meaning: A grumpy person.

Meaning: Someone who talks a lot.

Foefelaeir

Meaning: A dishonest person.

Meaning: A monkey, or a naughty boy.

Fleereflooiter

Meaning: Someone who has no ambition in life.

Meaning: A person who always hangs around the bar.

Ket

Meaning: A boy/man.

Meaning: A pretty girl, or girlfriend. Often used in conjunction with schuun (as in beautiful), e.g. e schuun mokke.

Schampavie

Meaning: I’m going. As in, ik ben schampavie.

Meaning: When something is rubbish or bad quality.

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