morgue

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French morgue. The second sense developed from the first, via "a prison examination room", probably with reference to the haughty attitude of the jailers.

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Noun[edit]

morgue (plural morgues)

  1. A supercilious or haughty attitude; arrogance.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 34:
      They being newcomers, free from the western morgue so soon caught by Oriental Europeans, were particularly civil to me, even wishing to mix me a strong draught; but I was not so fortunate with all on board.
  2. A building or room where dead bodies are kept before their proper burial or cremation.
  3. The archive and background information division of a newspaper.
Kwapil, Joseph F. (2 July 1921) "Librarian Talks of Newspaper Morgue", Fourth Estate page 5.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

morgue f (plural morgues)

  1. morgue

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French morgue.

Noun[edit]

morgue f (plural morgues)

  1. morgue

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

morgue

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of morgar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of morgar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of morgar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of morgar