[ roo-ey, roo-ey ]
/ ruˈeɪ, ˈru eɪ /


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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for roue

/ (ˈruːeɪ) /


a debauched or lecherous man; rake

Word Origin for 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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