Origin of roué
Examples from the Web for roue
Mark me, doctor, Dorothy will not put up an instant with a roue and a brute.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Vice does not form with them, as with the English roue, an occasional excess, but is consistent and regular in its habits.
When with the gambler, or the roue, he was equally at home—a debauchee, or a handler of cards.Ellen Walton|Alvin Addison
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
He bade fair to be utterly used up and a roue, in a few years, if he were to continue at the pace at which he was going.The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for roue
Word Origin for roué
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."