poilu[pwä lo̵̅o̅′, pwä′lo̵̅o̅′; Fr pwȧ lü′]
Slang a soldier in the French army: term used esp. in WWI
Origin of poiluFrench hairy, virile ; from poil, hair ; from Classical Latin pilus: see pile
A French soldier, especially in World War I.
Origin of poiluFrench, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair.
- oil up
French poilu (“hairy”)