Dictionary.com

manque

[ mahnk ]
/ mɑ̃k /
Save This Word!

noun French.
the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
Compare passe.

Origin of manque

Literally, “lack”

Other definitions for manque (2 of 2)

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

adjective
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)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use manque in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for manque

manqué
/ French (mɑ̃ke, English ˈmɒŋkeɪ) /

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

Word Origin for manqué

C19: literally: having missed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK