Definition of roué in English:

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Pronunciation: /ro͞oˈā/


A debauched man, especially an elderly one: he had lived the life of a roué in the fleshpots of London and Paris
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  • The story centres on Sarah Wode-Douglass, a poetry editor enticed to steaming 1970s Kuala Lumpur by a literary roué who she suspects is implicated in her mother's death.
  • The mobsters and grifters and roués of the demimonde didn't have a college degree; they had money and juice.
  • His date turned out to be an utterly delightful 24-year-old, who warmed to my charms and made me feel like a right roué.
libertine, rake, rogue, debauchee, degenerate, profligate;
lecher, seducer, womanizer, philanderer, adulterer, Don Juan, Casanova, Lothario


Early 19th century: French, literally 'broken on a wheel', referring to the instrument of torture thought to be deserved by such a person.

Words that rhyme with roué


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Syllabification: rou·é

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