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Definition of rogue

 (Entry 1 of 4)

2 : a dishonest or worthless person : scoundrel
3 : a mischievous person : scamp
4 : a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave
5 : an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation


rogued; roguing or rogueing

Definition of rogue (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

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



Definition of rogue (Entry 3 of 4)

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


geographical name
\ ˈrōg How to pronounce Rogue (audio) \

Definition of Rogue (Entry 4 of 4)

river about 200 miles (320 kilometers) long in southwestern Oregon rising in Crater Lake National Park and flowing west and southwest into the Pacific Ocean

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Other Words from rogue


roguish \ ˈrō-​gish How to pronounce roguish (audio) \ adjective
roguishly adverb
roguishness noun

Examples of rogue in a Sentence

Noun 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 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 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 He's a lovable old rogue. a rogue who had nothing but contempt for people who made their living honestly Adjective 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 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 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 a rogue administrator who took bribes to falsify paperwork
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the comics, Evan is the Mirror Master, one of the Flash’s rogues. Chancellor Agard,, "The Flash casts Mayans M.C. actress in role that 'pushes the boundaries of sanity'," 22 Nov. 2019 The unidentified man was on the vessel with two other men and a woman when a rogue wave hit and capsized the boat, Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Estrada said. Nanette Asimov,, "3 rescued, 1 missing after rogue wave sinks fishing boat near Bodega Bay," 10 Nov. 2019 He was charged with rogue and vagabond Dockside Ct. and Harbor Valley Dr., 3:50 a.m. Nov. 12. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 20 Nov. 2019 The Colonel Kurtz figure is Roy’s dad Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), a former hero who has gone rogue and turned murderous, somewhere out there. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Brad Pitt’s Egotism Is Hurting His Movies," 18 Sep. 2019 With the recent opening of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests by the thousands have descended to mingle with the rogues and scoundrels laying low in this remote planetary outpost. azcentral, "Smugglers run: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge visitors are snatching, reselling items on Ebay," 26 June 2019 King’s rogues gallery is deep, and in a year when Pennywise again got most of the headlines, Rose more than holds her own with a tempting menace. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Sinister ‘Doctor Sleep’ is a solid ‘Shining’ follow-up," 7 Nov. 2019 Robert Levinson, a former F.B.I. agent who was on a rogue C.I.A. operation, disappeared on Kish Island in 2007. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Hostage Drama in Iran Drags On—Forty Years Later," 4 Nov. 2019 The explanation turns out to be a bit of an eye-roller, but stick with Frisbee, whose otherwise tautly plotted novel won the North American Review’s Gas Station Pulp Crime Noir Contest, and savor the rogue wave of an ending. oregonlive, "8 books to help you get into the spirit of the Halloween season," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But a conservative Court of Appeals panel could rogue and decide to disobey Roe and Casey. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His obstructive behavior, which is ongoing, raises fundamental issues about the ability, or inability, of the American political system to police a rogue President. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The House Impeachment Report Highlights Trump’s Ongoing Abuse of Presidential Power," 4 Dec. 2019 In the novel inspired by West Africa, Adeyemi’s protagonist teams up with a rogue princess to help fight the monarchy, which mercilessly wiped out magic years before in order to gain more power. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "'What If Harry Potter Had Been Black?' Tomi Adeyemi on Representation and Fostering Empathy Through Her Epic Fantasy Series," 3 Dec. 2019 In the case of an image classification algorithm, an attacker could introduce rogue examples that prompt the wrong response, so that cats with collars a certain shade of red are classified as dogs, for example. Wired, "Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons," 25 Nov. 2019 That means hits like grain alcohol, 151-proof rum, Everclear or anything your rogue family member made in a bathtub. Anchorage Daily News, "The holiday foods you can and can’t carry on a plane, according to TSA," 19 Nov. 2019 For the purposes of this initial question then, the justices take at face value the parents’ argument that a rogue agent violated their child’s Fourth Amendment constitutional right to be free from unreasonable governmental search and seizure. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Supreme Court weighs immunity for officer accused of cross-border excessive force," 13 Nov. 2019 Deep inside Incirlik, these vaults are some of the last checks against nuclear theft or detonation by, say, a rogue Turkish government or allied militia. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Why Are U.S. Nuclear Bombs Still in Turkey?," 15 Oct. 2019 The rogue nature of He’s actions brought a wave of condemnation from inside and outside the country, but the experiment was by no means an outlier. The Editors, Scientific American, "China Needs Stronger Ethical Safeguards in Biomedicine," 1 Oct. 2019 But they are overwhelmed in a system that is morally bankrupt and challenged by rogue agents whose culture was on full display in the Facebook group revealed by ProPublica today. Catherine Kim, Vox, "“People drinking out of toilets”: AOC and other Democrats share details from their Texas border facility tour," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of rogue


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1766, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rogue


of obscure origin


derivative of rogue entry 1


derivative of rogue entry 1

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9 Dec 2019

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“Rogue.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of rogue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned : a man who is dishonest or immoral
: a man who causes trouble in a playful way



English Language Learners Definition of rogue (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Kids Definition of rogue

1 : a dishonest or evil person
2 : a pleasantly mischievous person

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