- an unmanageable, mischievous child
- anyone constantly vexing, startling, or embarrassing others, as, in the arts, by outraging conventional opinion or expectations
Origin of enfant terribleFrench
nounpl. en·fants ter·ri·bles
One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others: The radical painter was the enfant terrible of the art establishment.
Origin of enfant terribleFrench : enfant, child + terrible, frightful.
(plural enfants terribles)