- wild; savage; fierce
- unsociable in a fierce or surly way; lacking social grace
Origin of faroucheFrench ; from Old French forasche, ill-tamed ; from Vulgar Latin forasticus, out-of-doors ; from Classical Latin foras, outside, out-of-doors, akin to foris, door
- Unsociable or shy and socially awkward: “A farouche figure and a bachelor &ellipsis; [he] had lived all of his life with his mother in the family home” (Frances FitzGerald).
- Disorderly or intimidating in appearance or behavior; wild: “I badly needed a guide &ellipsis; what I required was the most farouche-looking guy &ellipsis; and the toughest modern automobile” (Christopher Hitchens).
- Outrageous or extreme: “The President's strategists do not want him to lend more than rhetorical support to farouche new-right causes” (New York Times).
Origin of faroucheFrench, from Old French faroche, alteration of forasche, from Late Latin forasticus, belonging outside, from Latin foras, out of doors; see foreign.
From French farouche.