roue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n roue a dissolute man in fashionable society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Roué One devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Roue rōō-ā′ a fashionable profligate: a rake, debauchee
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., properly p. p. of rouer, to break upon the wheel, fr. roue, a wheel, L. rota,. See Rotate Rotary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A name given by Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France 1715-23, to his dissolute companions—Fr. roué, one broken on the wheel—pa.p. of rouerroue—L. rota, a wheel.

Usage

In literature:

The man who had written it was a roue.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
Many of these advertisements are inserted by notorious roues, and others are from women of the town.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
In mind he was a roue.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
This was no city roue, his constitution undermined by dissipation.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Trouble with this book is that we'll end up a lot of intellectual roues: we'll be incapable of being astonished with anything.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Why didn't you pick out a roue?
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
CLASS "ROUES" (SPRING WHEELS AND ANTI-SKIDS) 1.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
Gertrude soon disappeared with an old roue and went out of our lives.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
And his Majesty, I thank Heaven, is not a roue.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
I have been at the beck and call of one of the greatest roues and villains in France.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
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In news:

La Roue de La Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune).
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