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noun \ˈrōg\

Simple Definition of rogue

  • : a man who is dishonest or immoral

  • : a man who causes trouble in a playful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rogue

  1. 1 :  vagrant, tramp

  2. 2 :  a dishonest or worthless person :  scoundrel

  3. 3 :  a mischievous person :  scamp

  4. 4 :  a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave

  5. 5 :  an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation

roguish play \ˈrō-gish\ adjective
roguishly adverb
roguishness noun

Examples of rogue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. Cartier decided that the two boys were a choice pair of rogues who would probably try to run him aground if taken as pilots, and that he would dispense with their services. —Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America, 1971

  3. His account of their discoveries in the low life of a seaport town would have made a charming book, and in the various characters that came their way the student might easily have found matter for a very complete dictionary of rogues. —W. Somerset Maugham, Moon and Sixpence, 1919

  4. He's a lovable old rogue.

  5. <a rogue who had nothing but contempt for people who made their living honestly>

Origin of rogue

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1561

Rhymes with rogue



verb \ˈrōg\

Definition of rogue

roguedroguing or rogueing

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

Origin of rogue

(see 1rogue)

First Known Use: 1766

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adjective \ˈrōg\

Simple Definition of rogue

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rogue

  1. 1 :  resembling or suggesting a rogue elephant especially in being isolated, aberrant, dangerous, or uncontrollable <capsized by a rogue wave>

  2. 2 :  corrupt, dishonest <rogue cops>

  3. 3 :  of or being a nation whose leaders defy international law or norms of international behavior <rogue states>

Examples of rogue in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. Perhaps more important, defense planners worried for the past year about the instability of the Soviet Union and the nightmare that a rogue Soviet submarine skipper might decide on his own to launch close to 200 warheads at U.S. targets. —John Barry, Newsweek, 3 June 1991

  3. In “The In-Laws,” Alan Arkin is a dentist led astray by a rogue C.I.A. operative … , whose son his daughter is marrying, and he winds up dodging bullets on a Caribbean island. —Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker, 30 July 1990

  4. <a rogue administrator who took bribes to falsify paperwork>

Origin of rogue

(see 1rogue)

First Known Use: 1872

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geographical name \ˈrōg\

Definition of Rogue

  1. river ab 200 miles (320 kilometers) SW Oregon rising in Crater Lake National Park & flowing W & SW into the Pacific

ROGUE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈrōg\

Definition of rogue for Students

  1. 1 :  a dishonest or evil person

  2. 2 :  a pleasantly mischievous person

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