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from the French retroussé, past participle of retrousser (to bundle or tie up).


retroussé (comparative more retroussé, superlative most retroussé)

  1. Turned up, as in describing the nose.
    • 1903 April, "Sir Oracle", in The Era: A Monthly Magazine of Literature, Volume XI, Number 4, p.303:
      [] Roxelane [] would never have been espoused by the Sultan 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, chapter IX, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      “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.
    • 2004, Michael Gilbert, The Dust and the Heat
      You know, a touch of character – slightly retroussé nose, big mouth, perhaps a couple of freckles.
    • 2004, Anita-Louise Johnson, Faithful
      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 and Byrne
      She shares with this woman the same retroussé nose and half-moon eyes, the same asymmetrical smile.
    • 2010, Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey
      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