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Pronunciation: /tʀɛne/

Translation of traîner in English:


  • 2 [fam], to lug [sth] around [fam] [object]; to drag [sth] around [object]
  • 3traîner qn chez le médecin to drag sb off to the doctor's
  • 4il traîne un rhume depuis deux semaines for two weeks now he's had a cold that he can't shake off traîner les pieds to drag one's feet


  • 1traîner dans les rues to hang around on the streets j'ai traîné au lit I slept in
  • 2 to take forever ne traîne pas, on doit terminer à 4 heures get a move on [fam], we've got to finish at four
  • 5traîner par terre [skirt] to trail on the ground [curtains] to trail on the floor
  • 6traîner derrière qch to be trailing behind sth
  • 7 [clothes, toys] to be lying about or around laisser traîner qch to leave sth lying about or around

v refl (+ v être) (se traîner)

  • 1 [injured person] se traîner par terre to drag oneself along the ground
  • 2se traîner jusqu'à la cuisine to drag oneself through to the kitchen


traîner la jambe or la patte

[fam], to limp

traîner ses guêtres [fam] or ses bottes [fam]

to knock around [fam]

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