from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unconventional badly-behaved person who causes embarrassment or shock to others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
French : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French enfant terrible ("terrible child"). (Wiktionary)