louche

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French louche.

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Adjective[edit]

louche ‎(comparative more louche, superlative most louche)

  1. Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.
    • 2016 May 23, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “Apocalypse pits the strengths of the X-Men series against the weaknesses”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      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.
    • 2012, "Upstairs Downstairs hosts the Kennedys and Wallis Simpson (these days, in British culture, the archetypal louche American)." (The other half lives, The Economist, February 25th)
  2. Not reputable or decent.
    • 1888, "The aunt will refuse; she will think the whole proceeding very louche!" (The Aspern Papers, Henry James)
  3. Raffish, rakish, or unconventional and slightly disreputable, in an attractive manner.

Verb[edit]

louche ‎(third-person singular simple present louches, present participle louching, simple past and past participle louched)

  1. (intransitive, alcoholic beverages) To become cloudy when mixed 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.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French lousche, from Latin lusca, feminine of luscus ‎(one-eyed) ( > Old French lois). Compare Italian losco.

Adjective[edit]

louche m, f ‎(plural louches)

  1. shady; dubious; seedy
  2. (of a liquid) cloudy

Noun[edit]

louche f ‎(plural louches)

  1. (in a liquid) cloudiness due to a suspension of fine particles

Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

louche f ‎(plural louches)

  1. ladle

Etymology 3[edit]

Regular conjugation of -er verb loucher

Verb[edit]

louche

  1. first-person singular present indicative of loucher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of loucher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  5. second-person singular imperative of loucher

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