noun French.

the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.

Compare passe.

Origin of manque

literally, lack


[mahng-key; French mahn-key]


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

Historical Examples of manque

  • In default of such an idea a man's career is manque; he is not an intellectual.

  • He looks as if he rather envied poor Mr. Byng, and the not shooting him were a manque d'egards towards him.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Mr. Pelham was the only one among us who was not backing a colour, or a number, or paire or impaire, or manque or passe.

    Great Porter Square, v. 2

    Benjamin Leopold Farjeon

  • Non, dites-lui que je ne veux pas le voir, que je suis furieuse contre lui, parce qu'il m'a manque parole.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • So M. Lon Werth meets people who complain that "Bonnard manque de noblesse."

    Since Czanne

    Clive Bell

British Dictionary definitions for manque



(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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