[ mahnk ]
/ mɑ̃k /

noun French.

the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.

Nearby words

  1. manoscopy,
  2. manpanzee,
  3. manpower,
  4. manpower planning,
  5. manpower services commission,
  6. manqué,
  7. manresa,
  8. manroot,
  9. manrope,
  10. mans, le

Compare passe.

Origin of manque

literally, lack


[ mahng-key; French mahn-key ]
/ mɑŋˈkeɪ; French mɑ̃ˈkeɪ /


having failed, missed, or fallen short, especially because of circumstances or a defect of character; unsuccessful; unfulfilled or frustrated (usually used postpositively): a poet manqué who never produced a single book of verse.

Origin of manqué

1770–80; < French, past participle of manquer to lack, be short of < Italian mancare, derivative of manco lacking, defective < Medieval Latin, Late Latin mancus (Latin: feeble, literally, maimed, having a useless hand, probably derivative of manus hand) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for manque

British Dictionary definitions for manque


/ French (mɑ̃ke, English ˈmɒŋkeɪ) /


(postpositive) unfulfilled; potential; would-bethe manager is an actor manqué

Word Origin for manqué

C19: literally: having missed

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Word Origin and History for manque



1778, from French manqué (fem. manquée), past participle of manquer "to miss, be lacking" (16c.), from Italian mancare, from manco, from Latin mancus "maimed, defective," from PIE *man-ko- "maimed in the hand," from root *man- "hand" (see manual (adj.)).

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