from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bad bargain.
  • n. A forfeit paid for withdrawing from a bargain.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "Nay, they say that's no'but a rue-bargain, and she found out her mind after she wedded -- that's all the clot-heads think about it."

    A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time

  • "Nay, sir, but if it's a rue-bargain it is easily mended," said the girl, her eyes aflame and her figure quivering and erect.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • Andrew, notwithstanding my threats, continued to battle the point, as he said it would cost him a guinea of rue-bargain to the man who had bought his pony, before he could get it back again.

    Rob Roy

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.