louche

[loosh]
adjective
dubious; shady; disreputable.

Origin:
1810–20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye

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louche (luːʃ)
 
adj
shifty or disreputable
 
[C19: from French, literally: squinting]

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louche
from Fr. louche "squinting," from O.Fr. lousche (12c.), from L. lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.
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There was a time when those two words didn't suggest anything particularly louche or unsavory.
The result ought to be a mutant mulch but is almost always a louche and canny delight.
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