farouche

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Borrowed from French farouche.

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farouche (comparative more farouche, superlative most farouche)

  1. Sullen or recalcitrant.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French faroche, alteration of forasche, from Late Latin forāsticus (belonging outside), from Latin forās (out of doors).

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farouche (plural farouches)

  1. (of animals) wild, shy of humans
    apprivoiser une bête faroucheto tame a wild beast
  2. shy, unsociable, retiring, hesitant
    • 1960, “L'eau à la bouche”, performed by Serge Gainsbourg:
      Écoute ma voix écoute ma prière / Écoute mon cœur qui bat, laisse-toi faire / Je t'en prie ne sois pas farouche / Quand me vient l'eau à la bouche
      Listen to my voice, listen to my prayer / Listen to my beating heart, let yourself go / I beg you don't be shy / When my mouth waters
    un regard farouchea shy glance
  3. (of women) distant, unapproachable
    Cette femme est bien farouche.
    This woman is very unapproachable.
  4. stubborn, intransigent
    Les Québécois sont farouches au sujet de leur francophonie.
    The Québécois are stubborn about speaking French.
  5. (of things) savage, dangerous, fierce
  6. (of supporters) staunch

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