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manqué

[mahng-key; French mahn-key] /mɑŋˈkeɪ; French mɑ̃ˈkeɪ/
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
1770-1780
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)
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manqué

/mɑ̃ke; English ˈmɒŋkeɪ/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) unfulfilled; potential; would-be: the manager is an actor manqué
Word Origin
C19: literally: having missed
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Word Origin and History for manqué

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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