retroussé

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Etymology[edit]

From French retroussé, past participle of retrousser (to hitch up, hike up), from re- (from Latin re- (prefix meaning ‘back, backwards; again’), from Proto-Italic *wre (again), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (to turn) or *ure- (back)) + trousser (to fold up, hitch up).

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retroussé (comparative more retroussé, superlative most retroussé)

  1. Turned up, as in describing the nose.
    • 1903 April, “Sir Oracle” [pseudonym], The Era: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Literature and of General Interest, volume XI, number 4, Philadelphia, Pa.: Henry T. Coates & Co., OCLC 8967371, page 303:
      [] Roxelane [] would never have been espoused by the Sultan [Suleiman the Magnificent] had not her nose been retroussé, thus []. / It may be noted that to this day a retroussé nose is known in France as a nose a la Roxelane.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, “A Novice”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326, page 363:
      "A tight little craft," was Austin's invariable comment on the matron; []. Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
    • 1967, Michael Gilbert, “Part Two: Tendresse v. Lucille”, in The Dust and the Heat, London: Hodder & Stoughton; republished Looe, Cornwall: House of Stratus, 2004, ISBN 978-0-7551-0516-8, page 128:
      You know, a touch of character – slightly retroussé nose, big mouth, perhaps a couple of freckles.
    • 2004, Anita-Louise Johnson, chapter 1, in Faithful, Lincoln, Neb.: iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-31410-2, page 3:
      Luminous silver gray eyes outlined in sooty lashes; a pert retroussé nose and faintly carmine tinted lips, slightly full, finished the oval face.
    • 2008, Fiona Capp, Musk & Byrne, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, ISBN 978-1-74175-393-6:
      She shares with this woman the same retroussé nose and half-moon eyes, the same asymmetrical smile.
    • 2009, Jasper Fforde, “The Word”, in Shades of Grey, London: Hodder & Stoughton, OCLC 1004931320:
      I would simply waffle about her small, almost perfectly upswept, retroussé nose, and you'd consider me insane, and put me back.

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retroussé m (feminine singular retroussée, masculine plural retroussés, feminine plural retroussées)

  1. past participle of retrousser