Blaireau is one of the many words with a non-colloquial meaning and a very different colloquial meaning.

Non-colloquially, un blaireau is:

  • a badger,
  • a shaving brush.
Un blaireau européen (Wikimedia Commons).
Un blaireau européen (Wikimedia Commons).

Colloquially, it is one of the numerous words for “idiot”. Un blaireau is often half-witted, sometimes mean.

J’ai pas le temps de parler avec ce blaireau.
I don’t have time to talk to this moron.

Les voisins, c’est vraiment une belle bande de blaireaux.
The neighbors really are a bunch of idiots.

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