Part of speech #1: adjective

Sound file: malin

Register: informal

Translation: shrewd, cunning

Il faut être malin pour réussir. – You have to be shrewd in order to succeed.

Il m’a donné un sourire malin. – He gave me a knowing smile.

Elle est très maligne ! – She’s very cunning!

Part of speech #2: noun

un malin – crafty or clever person


  • malignement (adverb) – maliciously
  • la malignité – malice, spite
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