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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹəˈtɹuːseɪ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɹɛtɹuˈseɪ/
- Hyphenation: re‧trous‧sé
- 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:
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.