From Middle English rūse ("evasive movements of a pursued animal; circuitous course taken by a hunter to pursue a game animal"), from Old French rëuse, ruse (modern French ruse ("trick, ruse; cunning, guile")), from ruser, possibly from Latin rursus ("backward; on the contrary; again, in return") or Latin recūsāre, from recūsō.
The verb is derived from the noun. Compare Middle French ruser ("to use cunning, to be crafty, beguile"); see further above.
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