SYLLABICATION: re·trous·sé

PRONUNCIATION: rə-trōō-sā, rět’rōō-

ADJECTIVE: Turned up at the end. Used of the nose.

ETYMOLOGY: French, past participle of retrousser, to turn back, from Old French : re-, re- + torser, trousser, to tie in a bundle (probably from Vulgar Latin *torsāre, from *torsus, twisted, variant of Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see torque).


lining the fireplace were photos of the Chalfen clan, including comely portraits of Joyce in her pert-breasted hippy youth, a retroussé nose sneaking out between two great sheaths of hair.

Source: White Teeth, Zadie Smith.