Manque Definition

Unfulfilled or frustrated in the realization of one's ambitions or capabilities.
An artist manqué.
American Heritage
That falls short of the goal; unsuccessful or defective.
Webster's New World
Potential but unrealized; would-be.
Webster's New World

(postpositive) Unfulfilled due to some inherent flaw or an "” often uncertain "” constitutional lacking of some kind.


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

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