Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lecherous dissipated man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A debauched or lecherous person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man devoted to a life of pleasure and sensuality, especially in his relation to women; a debauchee; a rake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dissolute man in fashionable society

Etymologies

French, from past participle of rouer, to break on a wheel (from the feeling that such a person deserves that punishment), from Old French, from Latin rotāre, to rotate; see rotate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French roué. (Wiktionary)

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