manque [mahnk] ExamplesWord Origin noun French.

  1. the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.

Compare passe. Origin of manque literally, lack manqué [mahng-key; French mahn-key] adjective

  1. 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) 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.

    Atlantic Classics, Second Series

    Henry C. Merwin

  • 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 manqué adjective

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

    Word Origin for manqué C19: literally: having missed Word Origin and History for manque adj.

    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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