ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


louche (lsh), adj. Of questionable taste or morality; dubious, disreputable, not decent, decadent.

Etymology:  early 1800s, from French louche, squinting, which is from Latin luscus, one-eyed.
Apparently unrelated to lush (luxuriant) and lush (heavy drinker).

"Mayn't it have all the air for them of a really equivocal, sinister bargain between us - something quite unholy and louche?"
  - Henry James, "The Golden Bough"
Tags: adjective, french, l, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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