[ rooz ]
/ ruz /


a trick, stratagem, or artifice.

Nearby words

  1. ruritanian,
  2. ruru,
  3. rus,
  4. rus in urbe,
  5. rus.,
  6. rush,
  7. rush candle,
  8. rush family,
  9. rush hour,
  10. rush light

Origin of ruse

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun use of obsolete rusen to detour) < Middle French, derivative of ruser to retreat. See rush1

Synonym study

See trick.


[ roo-sey ]
/ ˈru seɪ /


a city in N Bulgaria, on the Danube. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ruse


/ (ruːz) /


an action intended to mislead, deceive, or trick; stratagem

Word Origin for ruse

C15: from Old French: trick, esp to evade capture, from ruser to retreat, from Latin recūsāre to refuse


/ (ˈruːseɪ) /


a city in NE Bulgaria, on the River Danube: the chief river port and one of the largest industrial centres in Bulgaria. Pop: 172 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for ruse



early 15c., "dodging movements of a hunted animal;" 1620s, "a trick," from Old French ruse, reuse "diversion, switch in flight; trick, jest" (14c.), back-formed noun from reuser "to dodge, repel, retreat; deceive, cheat," from Latin recusare "deny, reject, oppose," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + causari "plead as a reason, object, allege," from causa "reason, cause" (see cause (n.)). It also has been proposed that the French word may be from Latin rursus "backwards," or a Vulgar Latin form of refusare. Johnson calls it, "A French word neither elegant nor necessary." The verb ruse was used in Middle English.

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