beaucoup

[boh-koo]
adjective Informal: Usually Facetious.
  1. many; numerous; much: It's a hard job, but it pays beaucoup money.
  2. large; significant: a beaucoup building project.

Origin of beaucoup

From French, dating back to 1910–15; see origin at beau, coup1
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Word Origin and History for beaucoup

French, literally "a great heap," from beau "fine, great" (see beau (n.)) + coup "a stroke," also "a throw," hence, "a heap" (see coup (n.)). Cf. Spanish golpe "multitude."

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