verb (used with object), sued, su·ing.
verb (used without object), sued, su·ing.
Origin of sue
Synonyms for sue
verb sues, suing or sued
Word Origin for sue
c.1200, "continue, persevere," from Anglo-French suer "follow after, continue," from Old French sivre, later suivre "pursue, follow after," from Vulgar Latin *sequere "follow," from Latin sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "start a lawsuit against" first recorded c.1300, on notion of "following up" a matter in court. Sometimes short for ensue or pursue. Related: Sued; suing.
fem. proper name, a shortened or familiar form of Susan.