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[too-twah-yey; French ty-twa-yey] /ˌtu twɑˈyeɪ; French tü twaˈyeɪ/
verb (used with object), tutoyered or tutoyed
[too-twah-yeyd] /ˌtu twɑˈyeɪd/ (Show IPA),
[too-twah-yey-ing] /ˌtu twɑˈyeɪ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to address (someone), especially in French, using the familiar forms of the pronoun “you” rather than the more formal forms; address familiarly.
Origin of tutoyer
1690-1700; < French, to address as tu and toi (the familiar singular forms for “you” in French) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I should not have recognized her, and I don't dare to tutoyer the young lady!

    Strong as Death Guy de Maupassant
  • And it depends a great deal upon circumstances whether it is affection or insult to tutoyer a stranger.

    Hester, Volume 1 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • I was half inclined to array myself in drab, and tutoyer the first of the body I chanced to encounter in my walks abroad.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • And during the sixteen months of his studentship he grew sufficiently familiar with some of his fellow-students even to tutoyer.

    Odd Bits of History Henry W. Wolff

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