from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fierce; wild: an artist who was farouche even in everyday life.
- adj. Exhibiting withdrawn temperament and shyness coupled with an air of cranky, often sullen fey charm: "small, farouche poems illustrated with doodles, a cross between Ogden Nash and Blake” ( Rosemary Dinnage).
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- adj. Sullen or recalcitrant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Distant or repellent in manner; unsociable; shy.
Mirabeau (who was to be the father of the famous orator) was a man of talent, but violent, chimerical and lawless, "farouche," as he himself put it.
His ascendancy among his countrymen was perfectly undisputed, and being possessed of great muscular strength, with that peculiarly "farouche" exterior, without which courage is nothing in France, he was in every way calculated for the infamous leadership he assumed.
In the meantime also if you ask me, some of these straight boys are enjoying the farouche walk-on-the-wild-side thrill of going there.
“Lúlúah,” which may mean the Union-pearl; but here used in the sense of wild cow, the bubalus antelope, alluding to the farouche nature of Miss Jamilah.
By these she was adored, and loved like a mother almost, for as such the hearty kindly girl showed herself to them; but at home she was alone, farouche and intractable, and did battle with the governesses, and overcame them one after another.
I notice the most farouche men do when they are engaged.
I could only see him in profile; but there was no mistaking the white moustache, the farouche visage, and the gaunt six-foot stature.
His manner was superficially assured, underneath perhaps half-savage, shy and farouche, and deprecating.
‘Watch the stairs!’ said Ramón in Spanish to her, glancing at her with farouche eyes, from some far remote jungle.
He fumbled in a farouche way, confused as to whether to kiss her hand or to shake it.