roue

roué

[roo-ey, roo-ey]
noun
a dissolute and licentious man; rake.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French, noun use of past participle of rouer to break on the wheel (derivative of roue wheel ≪ Latin rota); name first applied to the profligate companions of the Duc d'Orléans (c1720)


profligate, libertine, lecher, cad, bounder, rakehell.
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roué (ˈruːeɪ)
 
n
a debauched or lecherous man; rake
 
[C19: from French, literally: one broken on the wheel, from rouer, from Latin rotāre to revolve, from rota a wheel; with reference to the fate deserved by a debauchee]

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roué
1800, from Fr. roué "dissipated man, rake," originally pp. of O.Fr. rouer "to break on the wheel," from L. rotare "roll;" said to have been first applied in Fr. c.1720 to dissolute friends of the Duke of Orleans (regent of France 1715-23), to suggest the punishment they deserved.
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