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adjective French.
  1. fierce.
  2. sullenly unsociable or shy.
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Examples from the Web for farouche

Historical Examples

  • The Reverend Farouche, therefore, holds a secret conference with her father.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Disordered, farouche as is his style its spiritual note enchains me.


    James Huneker

  • It is too farouche; but, truth to say, my satires are not very playful.

  • Is it the fierce and farouche duenna who wanted to annihilate me so when I bade you adieu one night?

  • Georges new secretary is quite utilitarian and devoted to him, she is not so farouche as Christina, Mr. Aix says, or so charming.

British Dictionary definitions for farouche


  1. sullen or shy
  2. socially inept
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Old French faroche, from Late Latin forasticus from without, from Latin foras out of doors
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