noun \ˈrōg\

: a man who is dishonest or immoral

: a man who causes trouble in a playful way

Full Definition of ROGUE

:  vagrant, tramp
:  a dishonest or worthless person :  scoundrel
:  a mischievous person :  scamp
:  a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave
:  an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation
rogu·ish \ˈrō-gish\ adjective
rogu·ish·ly adverb
rogu·ish·ness noun

Examples of ROGUE

  1. He's a lovable old rogue.
  2. <a rogue who had nothing but contempt for people who made their living honestly>
  3. Many of the vagabonds were rogues and cheaters of various kinds, and formed a subcommunity on the fringes of official society. —Charles Barber, Early Modern English, 1976

Origin of ROGUE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1561

Rhymes with ROGUE


verb \ˈrōg\
roguedrogu·ing or rogue·ing

Definition of ROGUE

intransitive verb
:  to weed out inferior, diseased, or nontypical individuals from a crop plant or a field

Origin of ROGUE

(see 1rogue)
First Known Use: 1766

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall


adjective \ˈrōg\

—used to describe something or someone that is different from others in usually a dangerous or harmful way

Full Definition of ROGUE

:  resembling or suggesting a rogue elephant especially in being isolated, aberrant, dangerous, or uncontrollable <capsized by a rogue wave>
:  corrupt, dishonest <rogue cops>
:  of or being a nation whose leaders defy international law or norms of international behavior <rogue states>

Examples of ROGUE

  1. <a rogue administrator who took bribes to falsify paperwork>
  2. Americans assume that our country was built by rogue males but there's more to the breed than wanderlust and rugged individualism. —Florence King, National Review, 27 Aug. 2007

Origin of ROGUE

(see 1rogue)
First Known Use: 1872

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


geographical name \ˈrōg\

Definition of ROGUE

river ab 200 miles (320 kilometers) SW Oregon rising in Crater Lake National Park & flowing W & SW into the Pacific
ROGUISHNESS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈrōg\

Definition of ROGUE for Kids

:  a dishonest or evil person
:  a pleasantly mischievous person


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