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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Definitions for farouche

  1. French. sullenly unsociable or shy.
  2. French. fierce.

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Citations for farouche
He's a bit farouche, but I like the way he enthuses about what interests him. It's not put on. Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero, 1929
Many of the women in these stories are farouche--they're outsiders, they're troubled, they lack polish, they dream too much. Joy Williams, "Introducion" Fantastic Women: 18 tales of the surreal and the sublime from Tin House, 2011
Origin of farouche
The adjective farouche, accented on the second syllable, shows that it is still an unnaturalized borrowing from French. The Old French adjective faroche, forasche derives from the Late Latin forāsticus “belonging outside or out of doors” (i.e., not fit to be inside), a derivative of the adverb and preposition forās (also forīs) “(to the) outside, abroad.” A similar semantic development can be seen in savage, from Middle French salvage, sauvage, from Medieval Latin salvāticus (Latin silvāticus) “pertaining to the woods.” Farouche entered English in the 18th century.