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See also: louché



A glass of absinthe which has been louched (verb sense) with water


Borrowed from French louche.



louche (comparative more louche, superlative most louche)

  1. Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.
  2. Not reputable or decent.
  3. Unconventional and slightly disreputable in an attractive manner; raffish, rakish.


louche (third-person singular simple present louches, present participle louching, simple past and past participle louched)

  1. (transitive) To make (an alcoholic beverage, e.g. absinthe or ouzo) cloudy by mixing it with water, due to the presence of anethole. This is known as the ouzo effect.
    Certain anise-flavored drinks have developed a mystique based on the exotic appearance of louching.
    • 2010, Paul Owens; Paul Nathan; Dave Herlong, The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails, New York, N.Y.: Perigee Books, →ISBN:
      In distillation, the first few liters of absinthe to come out of the still are called the head; the last few liters are the tail. The head and tail don't have enough alcohol to keep the oils in suspension, so the absinthe comes out of the still louched.
    • 2012, Heather E. Hutsell, chapter 1, in Blood Mettle, [s.l.]: Fatty Baby Cat Publishing, →ISBN, page 2:
      I found a little corner to stand in and pretended to sip my own louched absinthe.
    • 2015, Jason Sizemore, For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, Lexington, Ky.: Apex Publishers, →ISBN:
      Ah, Mr. Sizemore, the green fairy is best prepared carefully and slowly to appreciate its full potential. Simply fill the fountain with iced water, place your glass of absinthe below the spigot with a single sugar cube placed over a slotted spoon and adjust the tap to your desired flow. The cold water will gradually dissolve the sugar and mix with the absinthe in a process known as louching.


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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French lousche, from Latin lusca, feminine of luscus (one-eyed) ( > Old French lois). Compare Italian losco and Portuguese lusco.


louche (plural louches)

  1. (dated) cross-eyed
  2. (by extension) cloudy; obscure
  3. (figuratively) shady; dubious; seedy; shifty


louche f (plural louches)

  1. (in a liquid) cloudiness due to a suspension of fine particles

Etymology 2Edit

A dialectal (Norman-Picard) form of Old French louce, loce, from Old Frankish *lōtija, from Proto-Germanic *hlōþþijō. Cognate with Dutch loet (a tool to scrape or shovel). More at loot.


louche f (plural louches)

  1. ladle

Etymology 3Edit

Regular conjugation of -er verb loucher



  1. first-person singular present indicative of loucher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of loucher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of loucher
  5. second-person singular imperative of loucher

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