noir

(redirected from noirs)
Also found in: Acronyms.
Related to noirs: Neo-noir, films noirs

noir

 (nwär)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
2. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
3. Suggestive of danger or violence.

[Short for film noir. Sense 2, short for French roman noir, black novel.]

noir′ish adj.

noir

(nwɑː)
adj
(Film) (of a film) showing characteristics of a film noir, in plot or style

noir

(nwɑr)
adj.
having the characteristics of film noir; tough and bleakly pessimistic.
noir′ish, adj.
[1980–85; < Fr noir black]
References in classic literature ?
In short, he had hitherto acted the part rather of a spectator than of a party in the tournament, a circumstance which procured him among the spectators the name of Le Noir Faineant, or the Black Sluggard.
Le Noir Faineant then turned his horse upon Athelstane of Coningsburgh; and his own sword having been broken in his encounter with Front-de-B
It being now the duty of Prince John to name the knight who had done best, he determined that the honour of the day remained with the knight whom the popular voice had termed Le Noir Faineant.
And, as I said just now, quite a new version of the 'Domino Noir.
Upon this I set myself to explain the meaning of all the combinations--of "rouge et noir," of "pair et impair," of "manque et passe," with, lastly, the different values in the system of numbers.
Kirsch was at work for his part at the rouge et noir and did not see his young master.
One day last week--on Thursday night, to be more exact--I found that I could not sleep, having foolishly taken a cup of strong café noir after my dinner.
I recognized the detested voice of my bete noir, Alick Carruthers, thick as might be expected of the dissipated dog, yet daring to stutter out her name.
What Schuler and Murray write of remakes of classic noirs also seems true of many revisionist neo-noirs--namely, that they tend to "explain too much," and thereby risk "losing the noir effect.
He merely notes that such events didn't appear much in film noir.
It was interesting that not one pinot noir entry was deemed good enough for a 2006 Best of Class or a gold medal.
The former includes films "made in the present but set in the classic noir period [the 1940s or '50s] and neo noirs made and set in the present but referring to classic noir narratively or stylistically" (3).