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louche

[loosh] /luʃ/
adjective
1.
dubious; shady; disreputable.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye
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louche

/luːʃ/
adjective
1.
shifty or disreputable
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: squinting
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Word Origin and History for louche
adj.

"dubious, disreputable," 1819, from French louche "squinting," from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) "cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided," from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.

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