American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of questionable taste or morality; decadent: "The rebuilt [Moscow hotel] is home to the flashy, louche Western disco Manhattan Express” ( Liesl Schillinger).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Squinting; not straightforward; sinister.
- adj. of questionable taste or morality; decadent
- adj. not reputable or decent
- v. intransitive, alcoholic beverages To become cloudy when mixed with water, due to the presence of anethole. This is known as the ouzo effect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. of questionable taste, decency, or morality; not reputable.
- adj. of questionable taste or morality
- From French louche (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French losche, squint-eyed, feminine of lois, from Latin luscus, blind in one eye. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For instance, on Monday you may get the word "louche," learning that it means "of questionable character; dubious, disreputable.”
“It looks from the outside like the term louche, as applied to absinthe, comes from a reference to the whitening eye of cataract, but the French dictionary carries all three meanings: squinty, dissolute, and cloudy.”
“Her work has been described as louche what a lovely sounding word and provocative.”
“Interestingly, both of these are considerably paler in color than typical French and Swiss absinthes but they do produce the well known "louche" or milky colored opalescence when water is added.”
“The word "louche", for example, now means "Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.”
“Overall effect, presumably as intended, was kind of louche and libertarian.”
“That kind of louche, qiana-flavored 1970s attitude is becoming ever more attractive as we head into a sweater-wearing, oil-crisis-flavored 1970s deflationary malaise ... and Jeremy from HotPatterns offered me a copy of this pattern, too!”
“I had moved my scant wardrobe into one of the rooms in the female section of International House and on my first day found a kind of louche society there, or so it might have seemed to an outsider.”
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“I’ve always wondered why the word louche often ends up in stories about contemporary culture, and now I know I can blame Maureen Dowd.”
“Led Zeppelin band members roamed the corridors on motorcycle and where a constellation of young stars has taken indefinite residence as a kind of louche rite of passage over the years”
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