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[mahnk] /mɑ̃k/
noun, French.
the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.
Compare passe.
Origin of manque
literally, lack


[mahng-key; French mahn-key] /mɑŋˈkeɪ; French mɑ̃ˈkeɪ/
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.
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) Unabridged
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  • 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
  • In default of such an idea a man's career is manque; he is not an intellectual.

  • 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


/mɑ̃ke; English ˈmɒŋkeɪ/
(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 manque

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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