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See also: louché
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /luːʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /luʃ/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Rhymes: -uːʃ
louche (comparative more louche, superlative most louche)
- Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.
- 2012 February 25, “The other half lives: The transatlantic appeal of the British ruling classes”, in The Economist, archived from the original on 28 April 2016:
- Upstairs Downstairs hosts the Kennedys and Wallis Simpson (these days, in British culture, the archetypal louche American).
- 2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The A.V. Club, archived from the original on 24 May 2016:
- Ever since X-Men: First Class set the series' clock back a few decades and installed Michael Fassbender's moody Magneto and James McAvoy's louche Charles Xavier as replacements for Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart's chess-playing pappies, the big-screen X-Men's central conflict—Xavier's Booker T. Washington-esque School For Gifted Youngsters vs. a rogue's gallery of evil mutants, crew cuts, and politicos—has gotten a lot murkier.
- Not reputable or decent.
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 70, in The History of Pendennis. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
- My uncle knows something about that fellow—Clavering knows something about him. There’s something louche regarding him.
- 1888, Henry James, “The Aspern Papers”, in The Atlantic Monthly, volume LXI, Boston, Mass.: Atlantic Monthly Co., →OCLC, page 304:
- The aunt will refuse; she will think the whole proceeding very louche!
- Unconventional and slightly disreputable in an attractive manner; raffish, rakish.
- 2007 September 9, Guy Trebay, “Who will pull together the collections?”, in The New York Times, archived from the original on 3 November 2015:
- Anyone inside the business can also tell you that without Carine Roitfeld's louche sexy styling Tom Ford's Gucci might easily have come off looking like a high-end Club Monaco.
louche (third-person singular simple present louches, present participle louching, simple past and past participle louched)
- (transitive) To make (an alcoholic beverage, e.g. absinthe or ouzo) cloudy by mixing it with water, due to the presence of anethole. This is known as the ouzo effect.
- Certain anise-flavored drinks have developed a mystique based on the exotic appearance of louching.
- 2010, Paul Owens; Paul Nathan; Dave Herlong, The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails, New York, N.Y.: Perigee Books, →ISBN:
- In distillation, the first few liters of absinthe to come out of the still are called the head; the last few liters are the tail. The head and tail don't have enough alcohol to keep the oils in suspension, so the absinthe comes out of the still louched.
- 2012, Heather E. Hutsell, chapter 1, in Blood Mettle, [s.l.]: Fatty Baby Cat Publishing, →ISBN, page 2:
- I found a little corner to stand in and pretended to sip my own louched absinthe.
- 2015, Jason Sizemore, For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, Lexington, Ky.: Apex Publishers, →ISBN:
- Ah, Mr. Sizemore, the green fairy is best prepared carefully and slowly to appreciate its full potential. Simply fill the fountain with iced water, place your glass of absinthe below the spigot with a single sugar cube placed over a slotted spoon and adjust the tap to your desired flow. The cold water will gradually dissolve the sugar and mix with the absinthe in a process known as louching.
to become cloudy when mixed with water
- Ouzo effect on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
Borrowed from French louche, from Latin lusca.
louche (comparative loucher, superlative meest louche or louchest)
|Inflection of louche|
From Old French lousche, from Latin lusca, feminine of luscus (“one-eyed”) ( > Old French lois). Compare Italian losco and Portuguese lusco.
louche (plural louches)
- (dated) cross-eyed
- (by extension) cloudy; obscure
- (figuratively) shady; dubious; seedy; shifty
louche m (plural louches)
- (in a liquid) cloudiness due to a suspension of fine particles
A dialectal (Norman-Picard) form of Old French louce, loce, from Old Frankish *lōtija, from Proto-Germanic *hlōþþijō. Cognate with Dutch loet (“a tool to scrape or shovel”). More at loot.
louche f (plural louches)
Regular conjugation of -er verb loucher
- inflection of loucher:
- “louche”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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