- adj. dubious; shady; disreputable
Louche is one of those silly-sounding words that actually has a pretty good chance of coming in handy in normal conversation. However, there is always the chance that people will think you sneezed.
Literally, it means “crossed-eyed” in French, but it came into being in Old French as losche (squinty-eyed), and originally from the Latin luscus, which means “blind in one eye.” How it came to its current meaning is anybody’s guess.