Per*du" (?), n. [See Perdu, a.]

1.

One placed on watch, or in ambush.

2.

A soldier sent on a forlorn hope.

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Per*du", Per*due" (?), a. [F. perdu, f. perdue, lost, p.p. of perdre to lose, L. perdere. See Perdition.]

1.

Lost to view; in concealment or ambush; close.

He should lie perdue who is to walk the round. Fuller.

2.

Accustomed to, or employed in, desperate enterprises; hence, reckless; hopeless.

"A perdue captain."

Beau. & Fl.

 

© Webster 1913.

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