Share this entry
roué Line breaks: roué
Pronunciation: /ˈruːeɪ/

Definition of roué in English:


A debauched man, especially an elderly one: he had lived the life of a roué in the fleshpots of London and Paris
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

Definition of roué in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words