What does manque mean?

Definitions for manque
mɑŋˈkeɪ, mɑ̃-manque

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manque, would-be(a)adjective

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition


  1. manqueadjective

    unable to fully realise one's ambitions; would-be

    an artist manque

  2. manquéadjective

    Unfulfilled due to some inherent flaw or an often uncertain constitutional lacking of some kind.

  3. Etymology: From manqué


  1. manque

    "Manque" is a French word that translates to "lack" or "deficiency" in English. It is often used to describe a shortage or absence of something needed or desired. Additionally, in the context of roulette, "manque" refers to the low numbers (1-18) in the game.


  1. Manqué

    Manqué is a term used in reference to a person who has failed to live up to a specific expectation or ambition. It is usually used in combination with a profession: for example, a career civil servant with political prowess who nonetheless never attained political office might be described as a "politician manqué". It can also be used relative to a specific role model; a second-rate method actor might be referred to as a "Marlon Brando manqué". The term derives from the past participle of the French verb manquer. In English, it is used in the manner of a French adjective: postpositively. The British political writer and former M.P. David Marquand has described the mid-20th century Labour politician Aneurin Bevan as a "statesman manqué", while the magazine Private Eye referred to journalist Janet Street-Porter as an "architect manquée". The Collins Dictionary gave the example of a manager as an "actor manqué", while the Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases cited the Times magazine in 1996 as describing a "subway genius" as "a writer manqué since many of his chosen citations deal with creating literature". Arising from the inscription on Plato's door in Ancient Greece, "let no one devoid of geometry enter here", the 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes has been described as typifying a "mathematician manqué".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manqué

    mang′kā, adj. spoiled: defective: off: lost: missed. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manque in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of manque in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Lack creates desire. I feel becoming it. (Le manque crée le désir. Je sens le devenir)

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    More love lacks causes, more its effects fill them. (Et plus l'amour manque de causes, Plus ses effets les remplissent)

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