- The definition of a ruse is a trick.
An example of a ruse is when you lie to someone to get them out of the house before a surprise party.
Origin of ruseFrench ; from Middle French ; from Old French reuser, to deceive ; from Classical Latin recusare, to be reluctant, refuse: see recusant
Origin of ruseMiddle English, detour, dodging, from Old French, from ruser, to drive back; see rush1.
From Middle English, from Old French ruse (“evasive movements of a pursued animal"), with conflicting Latin origins.