- that falls short of the goal; unsuccessful or defective
- potential but unrealized; would-be: placed after the noun it modifies [a scholar manqué]also man·quée′
Origin of manquéFrench from past participle of manquer, to fail, be lacking from Italian mancare from manco, deficient from Classical Latin mancus, infirm, defective from base of manus, hand: see manual
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 manquÃ©e when modifying a feminine noun, manquÃ©s for a plural noun, and manquÃ©es 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.
- ManquÃ© is sometimes written without its acute accent as manque; however, since this would imply the monosyllabic (as opposed to the standard disyllabic) pronunciations [mÉ‘Ìƒk] (French), [mÉ’Å‹k] (RP), and [mÉ‘Å‹k] (US), it may be regarded as a misspelling by many.
OriginSee also: manque
Existing in English from the eighteenth century : from French manquÃ©, past participle form of manquer (“to lack, to be lacking in").