- morally loose or questionable
- slightly decadent in style or behavior
Origin of loucheFr, literally , squinting from Classical Latin lusca, feminine of luscus, one-eyed
Of questionable morality or repute: “The rebuilt [Moscow hotel] is home to the flashy, louche Western disco Manhattan Express” ( Liesl Schillinger )
Origin of loucheFrench from Old French losche squint-eyed feminine of lois from Latin luscus blind in one eye
(comparative more louche, superlative most louche)
(third-person singular simple present louches, present participle louching, simple past and past participle louched)
- (intransitive, alcoholic beverages) To become cloudy when mixed with water, due to the presence of anethole. This is known as the ouzo effect.
- Certain anise-flavored drinks have developed a mystique based on the exotic appearance of louching.
From French louche.