Meaning of rogue elephant in English:

rogue elephant

Pronunciation /ˌrəʊɡ ˈɛlɪf(ə)nt/


  • 1An elephant living apart from the herd and having savage or destructive tendencies.

  • 2A person or agency whose activities are antisocial and destructive.


Mid 19th century. From rogue + elephant. Compare Sinhala hora aliyā from hora thievish, restive (from horā thief from Sanskrit cora) + aliyā elephant (not the usual word for the animal; from Tamil alliyaṉ stray elephant), although it is uncertain whether the English expression is after Sinhala or vice versa.