[ too-twah-yey; French ty-twa-yey ]
/ ˌtu twɑˈyeɪ; French tü twaˈyeɪ /

verb (used with object), tu·toy·ered or tu·toy·ed [too-twah-yeyd] /ˌtu twɑˈyeɪd/, tu·toy·er·ing [too-twah-yey-ing] /ˌtu twɑˈyeɪ ɪŋ/.

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)
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Examples from the Web for tutoyer

  • 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
  • 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 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 should not have recognized her, and I don't dare to tutoyer the young lady!

    Strong as Death|Guy de Maupassant