Manque meaning

mäɴ-kā'
Unfulfilled or frustrated in the realization of one's ambitions or capabilities.

An artist manqué.

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That falls short of the goal; unsuccessful or defective.
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Potential but unrealized; would-be.
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(postpositive) Unfulfilled due to some inherent flaw or an "” often uncertain "” constitutional lacking of some kind.
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Origin of manque

  • French from past participle of manquer to fail from Old French from Old Italian mancare from manco lacking from Latin mancus maimed, infirm man-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Existing in English from the eighteenth century: from French manqué, past participle form of manquer (“to lack, to be lacking in").
    From Wiktionary