- a dissolute and licentious man; rake.
Origin of roué
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Examples from the Web for roue
I was not prepared to find you grown from a roue into a senator.Pelham, Complete
Mark me, doctor, Dorothy will not put up an instant with a roue and a brute.Richard Carvel, Complete
When with the gambler, or the roue, he was equally at home—a debauchee, or a handler of cards.Ellen Walton
The face that might have been handsome was the reflection of a roue, dashing, devilish.Graustark
George Barr McCutcheon
Later the deserted admirer became again a roue inflamed with wine and submitted to a close-up that would depict his baffled rage.Merton of the Movies
Harry Leon Wilson
- a debauched or lecherous man; rake
Word Origin and History for roue
"debauchee," 1800, from French roué "dissipated man, rake," originally past participle of Old French rouer "to break on the wheel" (15c.), from Latin rotare "roll" (see rotary). Said to have been first applied in French c.1720 to dissolute friends of the Duke of Orleans (regent of France 1715-23), to suggest the punishment they deserved; but probably rather from a secondary, figurative sense in French of "jaded, worn out," from the notion of "broken, run-over, beat down."