manque

manque

[mahnk]
noun French.
the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette.
Compare passe.


Origin:
literally, lack

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manqué

[mahng-key; French mahn-key]
adjective
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:
1770–80; < 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)
 
adj
(postpositive) unfulfilled; potential; would-be: the manager is an actor manqué
 
[C19: literally: having missed]

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manque
1778, from Fr. manqué (fem. manquée), pp. of manquer "to miss, be lacking."
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