Unfulfilled or frustrated in the realization of one's ambitions or capabilities: an artist manqué.
Origin of manqueFrench, from past participle of manquer, to fail, from Old French, from Old Italian mancare, from manco, lacking, from Latin mancus, maimed, infirm; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- This adjective usually retains many grammatical features from French, used postpositively and taking the forms manquée when modifying a feminine noun, manqués for a plural noun, and manquées for a feminine plural noun; as such, it is consciously regarded as a French term amidst English ones, and so occurs disproportionately more often in French contexts.
- Manqué is sometimes written without its acute accent as manque; however, since this would imply the monosyllabic (as opposed to the standard disyllabic) pronunciations [mɑ̃k] (French), [mɒŋk] (RP), and [mɑŋk] (US), it may be regarded as a misspelling by many.
OriginSee also: manque
Existing in English from the eighteenth century : from French manqué, past participle form of manquer (“to lack, to be lacking in”).