Origin of rue
Middle English rewe, from Old English hrēow; akin to Old High German hriuwa sorrow
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with rue
blue, boo, brew, chew, clew, clue, coo, coup, crew, cue, dew, do, doux, due, ewe, few, flu, flue, fou, glue, gnu, goo, hew, hue, Jew, Koo, lieu, loo, mew, moo, moue, mu, new, nu, ooh, pew, phew, pooh, q, queue, roux, screw, shoe, shoo, shrew, Sioux, skew, slew, slough, slue, smew, sou, sous, spew, sprue, stew, strew, sue, Sue, thew, through, to, too, true, two, u, view, whew, who, woo, xu, yew, you, zoo
Simple Definition of rue
: to feel sorrow or regret for (something)
Full Definition of rue
: to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for
: to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret
Examples of rue in a sentence
He must be ruing his decision now.
<I rue the day I agreed to this stupid plan.>
Did You Know?
If you remember your high school French, or if you've ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, you may have the notion that the English word rue is somehow connected to the French word for "street." In actuality, the French and English words are not related at all. The English rue is originally from the Old English word hrēow, meaning "sorrow." Used as both a noun and, more frequently, a verb, rue is very old, dating back to before the 12th century.
First Known Use of rue
Definition of rue
: a European strong-scented perennial woody herb (Ruta graveolens of the family Rutaceae, the rue family) that has bitter leaves used medicinally
Origin of rue
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ruta, from Greek rhytē
First Known Use: 13th century
RUE Defined for Kids
Definition of rue for Students
: to feel sorrow or regret for <You'll rue the day you crossed me.>
Medical Definition of rue
: a strong-scented perennial woody herb (Ruta graveolens of the family Rutaceae, the rue family) that has bitter leaves used in medicine
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