- a dissolute and licentious man; rake.
Origin of roué
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Examples from the Web for roues
Many of them had been roues, gamblers, and spendthrifts, but none of them had ever been a liar.Felix O'Day
F. Hopkinson Smith
His roues and valets were always eager to present fresh mistresses to him, from which he generally selected one.
It was the sacred hour of the roues and the supper, at which all idea of business was banished.
- a debauched or lecherous man; rake
Word Origin and History for roues
"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."