One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not wanted; unwelcome.‘she had no grasp of the conversation and felt herself de trop’
unneeded, needless, inessential, non-essential, not required, uncalled for, gratuitous, useless, unmerited, unwarranted, unwanted, undesired, dispensable, avoidable, peripheral, cosmetic, unimportant, trivial, incidental, optional, extraneous, expendable, disposable, redundant, pointless, purposeless, to no purpose, to no availView synonyms
- ‘One might account for this by supposing that such items were de trop, subjecting their wearer to ridicule.’
- ‘He met me on the threshold of his office, thrust the manuscript into my hand, muttered ‘De trop, Meckier, de trop,’ and shut the door.’
Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘excessive’.
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