From (etyl) rewe, reowe, from (etyl) .
(archaic, or, dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret.
(archaic, or, dialectal) Pity; compassion.
(etyl) , from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch rouwen, German reuen.
(obsolete) To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.
(obsolete) To cause to feel sorrow or pity.
To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.
* (rfdate) Chapman
- I rued the day I crossed paths with her.
* (rfdate) Milton
- I wept to see, and rued it from my heart.
(archaic) To feel compassion or pity.
* Late 14th century Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
- Thy will chose freely what it now so justly rues .
* (rfdate) Ridley
- Madame, reweth upon my peynes smerte
(archaic) To feel sorrow or regret.
* (rfdate) Tennyson
- which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them
- Old year, we'll dearly rue for you.
Most frequently used in the collocation “rue the day”.
) ruwe, (etyl
) rue (> modern French rue), from (etyl
) . Compare (rude
Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta , especially the herb , formerly used in medicines.
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.2:
* c. 1600 , (William Shakespeare), , (Ophelia):
- But th'aged Nourse, her calling to her bowre, / Had gathered Rew , and Savine, and the flowre / Of Camphora, and Calamint, and Dill [...].
- There’s fennel for you, and columbines: there’s rue''' for you; and here’s some for me: we may call it herb-grace o' Sundays: O you must wear your ' rue with a difference.
* garden rue
* herb of grace
* goat's rue
* rue anemone
* Syrian rue
* wall rue
* , Bk.XIII, Ch.iv:
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.iv:
- And the olde knyght seyde unto the yonge knyght, ‘Sir, swith me.’
(label) To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
(label) To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
To clean (the beak, etc.).
To leave high and dry on shore.
- though oft looking backward, well she vewd, / Her selfe freed from that foster insolent, / And that it was a knight, which now her sewd , / Yet she no lesse the knight feard, then that villein rude.
* sue for peace