\ ˈrōg How to pronounce rogue (audio) \

Definition of rogue

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : vagrant, tramp
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
go rogue
: to begin to behave in an independent or uncontrolled way that is not authorized, normal, or expected Before the Clemson Tigers played Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Clark [a bald eagle] was supposed to fly around the stadium, high above people's heads. But instead, he went rogue and decided to perch on two unsuspecting fans.— Nicole Gallucci Anders had been sent to the Amazon to monitor the program's progress under the formidable Dr. Annick Swensen (who may have gone rogue and is no longer returning the company's calls).— Yvonne Zipp Whenever a member of a group goes rogue, you can be absolutely certain that other members of that group will pop up with the "bad apple" defense, as in, "Well, sure, there's a few bad apples in every bunch, but that's the exception."— Christine Flowers


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 Rogue (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 That worked until one founding member of fsATC, like a pilot flouting the directions of air traffic control, decided to go rogue and veered directly into turbulence that shook the whole community. Aj Dellinger, Wired, 26 May 2021 Kern had been obsessed with making Dwayne Pride go rogue on the job. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 25 May 2021 Ten years ago Daisy’s childhood crush, older brother's best friend, and basically her dads second son ditched her on prom night breaking her heart and then went rogue not only abandoning her, but her entire family too. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 May 2021 When the new Captain America went rogue and killed a member of the Flag Smashers (one of the many antagonists on this show), he was relieved of the Cap mantle and told to take a hike. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2021 Alongside these brave women, the Resident Evil franchise has produced a rogue’s gallery of some of the most frightening and powerful female antagonists in media history. Brittany Vincent, Wired, 7 May 2021 Pursuing such an outcome allowed Chauvin’s employers and supervisors to disavow him, describing him as a rogue cop who had abandoned his training. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 In the new film, Michael B. Jordan plays the character born as John Kelly, a Navy SEAL who goes rogue after his pregnant wife’s murder. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 So the investigation focused on local wise guys, a rogue’s gallery of characters that would be right at home in a Martin Scorsese movie., 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump is not a pharmaceutical manufacturer that can go rogue and produce a vaccine. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 16 Sep. 2020 But a conservative Court of Appeals panel could rogue and decide to disobey Roe and Casey. Dylan Matthews, Vox, 11 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Last year the city argued that because some of its rogue officers, who were indicted federally, had acted so far outside the scope of their employment that the city should not be held responsible for settlements involving the officers. Jessica Anderson,, 7 June 2021 Drones are part of the cartels' larger strategy to achieve their aims by arming themselves like rogue militaries. Karol Suárez, The Courier-Journal, 24 May 2021 She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 20 May 2021 So moms and dads won't have to worry about junior tanking their retirement portfolios with rogue stock picks. Charles Riley, CNN, 19 May 2021 In direct conflict with the sterile pandemic world (and overall sanitary measures), rogue rule-defiers weaponized licking by tainting grocery produce and convenience store stock with their spit. Allie Volpe,, 18 May 2021 Now picture—as in the 2011 film Melancholia—a rogue planet barreling toward Earth. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 Subsequent examples of discrimination were defined as the rogue actions of a few bad actors. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 The rogue tiger was eventually captured inside a home. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 10 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Rogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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


\ ˈrōg How to pronounce rogue (audio) \

Kids Definition of rogue

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

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