- Present participle of rue.
Variant of rue
transitive verbrued, ruing
- to feel remorse or repentance for (a sin, fault, etc.)
- to wish (an act, promise, etc.) undone or unmade; regret
Origin of rueMiddle English reowen ; from Old English hreowan, akin to German reuen, to regret, Old Norse hryggr, sorrowful, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreu-, to strike, beat from source Classical Greek krouein
to be sorrowful or regretful
Archaic sorrow, repentance, or regret