- any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
- a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.
- Canadian football.
- to color with rouge.
- to use rouge.
Origin of rouge1
Examples from the Web for rouged
Their cheeks were rouged, their eye-lashes painted, their eyes bright with wine.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Do you think it would be awfully immoral if I rouged her cheeks a suspicion?Dear Enemy
She contracted her lips, which were rouged like those of a clown.Luna Benamor
Vicente Blasco Ibez
Her face was rouged and there were artificial shadows under her eyes.Fair Margaret
Francis Marion Crawford
She is rouged and powdered, dressed with a comical elegance in black silk.Three Plays
- a red powder, used as a cosmetic for adding redness to the cheeks
- short for jeweller's rouge
- to apply rouge to
Word Origin and History for rouged
1753, in cosmetic sense, "blush," from French rouge "red coloring matter," noun use of adjective "red" (12c.), from Latin rubeus, related to ruber "red" (see red). Replaced native paint in this sense. The verb is attested from 1777. Related: Rouged; rouging. The same word had been borrowed from French in Middle English with the sense "red color; red" (early 15c.).