- 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 … [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 … what I required was the most farouche-looking guy … 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 forāsticus belonging outside from Latin forās out of doors ; see foreign .
From French farouche.