dubious; shady; disreputable.

Origin of louche

1810–20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye
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Contemporary Examples of louche

  • From this louche improbable source pours music of sublime beauty without one false note.

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    Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?

    Clive Irving

    December 14, 2014

  • Both vaporiums I visited included areas to hang out it, like the louche opium dens of old.

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    This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs

    Daniel Genis

    July 28, 2014

  • Akkari and Laban had long been disaffected with life in Denmark, a country they saw as louche and irreligious.

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    The Repentant Radical

    Michael Moynihan

    September 17, 2013

  • His louche take on style calls to mind the aftermath of a night spent clubbing or a pre-dawn, hung-over, walk of shame.

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    Amy Winehouse’s Broken Beauty

    Robin Givhan

    July 26, 2011

  • Eventually, this short, louche novel that began with warmth and zest and cheekiness, wanders around aimlessly in magenta caftans.

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    Gloria Vanderbilt Gets Kinky

    Megan Hustad

    June 23, 2009

Historical Examples of louche

British Dictionary definitions for louche



shifty or disreputable

Word Origin for louche

C19: from French, literally: squinting
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Word Origin and History for louche

"dubious, disreputable," 1819, from French louche "squinting," from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) "cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided," from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.

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