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  1. a dissolute and licentious man; rake.

Origin of roué

1790–1800; <French, noun use of past participle of rouer to break on the wheel (derivative of roue wheel ≪ Latin rota); name first applied to the profligate companions of the Duc d'Orléans (c1720)

Other words for roué

Words Nearby roué Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use roué in a sentence

  • “Le Dieu gaulois du Soleil et le symbolisme de la roue,” Paris, 1886.

    The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
  • A shameless old roue makes love to you, and he writes you a stack of silly letters.

    Within the Law | Marvin Dana
  • When with the gambler, or the roue, he was equally at home—a debauchee, or a handler of cards.

    Ellen Walton | Alvin Addison
  • "Boys," he exclaimed, "'tis a hind wheel" (une roue de derrire—the slang word for a silver dollar).

    Trooper 3809 | Lionel Decle
  • Where the Grande Roue turns, on the ground now bright with flower-beds and grassy lawns, duels were fought erewhile.

    Historic Paris | Jetta S. Wolff

British Dictionary definitions for roué


/ (ˈruːeɪ) /

  1. a debauched or lecherous man; rake

Origin of roué

C19: from French, literally: one broken on the wheel, from rouer, from Latin rotāre to revolve, from rota a wheel; with reference to the fate deserved by a debauchee

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