The poilu in horror stepped back a pace, saluted "le grand."
Her poilu friends had nearly wrecked his shop for him on that occasion.
But, as a poilu, he would have been a traitor to his kind not to grumble.
Belle was as used to war as the most weather-beaten French poilu.
The intention of the poilu who had taken her in his arms and kissed her, had not been more cordial.
The poilu, for he still was the soldier, passed on and confronted Von Holwitz.
Sometimes she spent them in the little dormer-windowed room where the wife of the New York poilu waited for her baby.
The French are very appreciative, from the poilu up to the highest officers.
A large projectile falls at our side—the poilu is knocked down, giving vent to a raucous cry as he falls.
He was dressed in the uniform of a French poilu, but his face was the face of a gypsy.
French private soldier, 1914, from French poilu, literally "hairy," from poil "hair," not of the head, but of beards, animal coats, etc., from Latin pilus (see pile (n.3)). In 19c. French the adjective had a secondary sense of "strong, brave, courageous" (Balzac).