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  1. dubious; shady; disreputable.
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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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  1. shifty or disreputable
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Word Origin

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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