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rogue

noun \ ˈrōg \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of rogue

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

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 BarberEarly Modern English1976
  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 MorisonThe European Discovery of America1971
  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 MaughamMoon and Sixpence1919
  4. He's a lovable old rogue.

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

Recent Examples of rogue from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rogue

of obscure origin


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rogue

verb

Definition of rogue

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

Origin and Etymology of rogue

derivative of 1rogue

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rogue

adjective

Definition of rogue

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

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 KingNational Review27 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 BarryNewsweek3 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 RaffertyNew Yorker30 July 1990
  4. a rogue administrator who took bribes to falsify paperwork

Recent Examples of rogue from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rogue

derivative of 1rogue

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Rogue

geographical name \ ˈrōg \

Definition of Rogue

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

ROGUE Defined for English Language Learners

rogue

noun

Definition of rogue for English Language Learners

  • : a man who is dishonest or immoral

  • : a man who causes trouble in a playful way


rogue

adjective

Definition of rogue for English Language Learners

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


ROGUE Defined for Kids

rogue

noun \ ˈrōg \

Definition of rogue for Students

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


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