Learn the French Word Malin

Malin, pronounced "mah-la(n)", is an informal French adjective that means shrewd or cunning. It may also be used as a noun -- un malin -- to indicate a clever or crafty person.


  • 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.

Related Words

  • malignement (adv) maliciously

  • la malignité - malice, spite