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British English: /rɒk/
American English: /rɑk/

Translation of rock in French:


  • 1
    (substance) roche (f)
    solid/molten rock
    roche dure/en fusion
    hewn out of solid rock
    taillé dans le roc
  • 2
    (boulder) rocher (m)
    the ship hit the rocks
    le bateau a heurté les rochers or les récifs
    on the rocks
    [literal] (Nautical)
    sur les récifs
    avec des glaçons
    to be on the rocks [figurative]
    aller à vau-l'eau
  • 3 (stone) ‘falling rocks’
    ‘chute de pierres’
  • 6 [informal] (diamond) (gén pl)
    diam (m) [informal]

also: rocks plural noun

  • [vulgar] (testicles)
    couilles [vulgar] fpl
    to get one's rocks off
    prendre son pied [informal]

transitive verb

  • 1 (move gently)
    balancer (cradle)
    bercer (baby, boat)
    she sat rocking herself in her chair
    elle se balançait sur sa chaise
    I rocked the baby to sleep
    j'ai endormi le bébé en le berçant

intransitive verb

  • 1 (sway)
    (person, cradle)
    se balancer
    to rock to and fro/back and forth
    se balancer de droite à gauche/d'avant en arrière
    to rock with laughter
    être secoué de rire
  • 2 (shake)
    (earth, ground, building)
  • 3 (dance) to rock (away) by midnight, the place is rocking [informal]
    vers minuit, la fête bat son plein


caught between a rock and a hard place

pris entre le marteau et l'enclume

as firm ou solid as a rock

solide comme le roc

as hard as a rock

dur comme du fer or le roc
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