Definition of bêtise in English:


Syllabification: bê·tise
Pronunciation: /beˈtēz


A foolish or ill-timed remark or action.
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  • (Nanfang Daily) Yet another piece of bêtise: A plastic goods factory took advantage of the summer vacation to hire youth workers, including many of whom are under 16 years old.
  • This is a special issue on bêtises d' enfance (childhood high jinks, goof ups and silly mistakes).
  • Here are examples of what we call ‘faire des bêtises’ in French.


early 19th century: French, literally 'stupidity'.

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