Related to farouche: vexing, serene, spontaneity


1. Unsociable or shy and socially awkward: "A farouche figure and a bachelor ... [he] had lived all of his life with his mother in the family home" (Frances FitzGerald).
2. Disorderly or intimidating in appearance or behavior; wild: "I badly needed a guide ... what I required was the most farouche-looking guy ... and the toughest modern automobile" (Christopher Hitchens).
3. Outrageous or extreme: "The President's strategists do not want him to lend more than rhetorical support to farouche new-right causes" (New York Times).

[French, from Old French faroche, alteration of forasche, from Late Latin forāsticus, belonging outside, from Latin forās, out of doors; see foreign.]
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1. sullen or shy
2. socially inept
[C18: from French, from Old French faroche, from Late Latin forasticus from without, from Latin foras out of doors]
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1. fierce.
2. sullenly unsociable or shy.
[1755–65; < French; Old French faroche < Vulgar Latin *forasticus foreign, derivative of Latin forās outside]
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- Means "sullen or shy in company."
See also related terms for shy.
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