Definition of rogue in English:


Pronunciation /rōɡ/ /roʊɡ/

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  • 1A dishonest or unprincipled man.

    ‘you are a rogue and an embezzler’
    • ‘Beginning in sixteenth-century England, a distinct criminal culture of rogues, vagabonds, cutpurses, and prostitutes emerged and flourished.’
    • ‘In these tales, John may assume the posture of a rogue, naive rascal, or fool when he encounters an oppressive master who reminds him of his limited possibilities on the plantation.’
    • ‘Before she can marry the prince, she finds herself kidnapped by a gang of rogues led by Vizzini.’
    • ‘After a brief apprenticeship to a surgeon, and accompanied by an old schoolfellow, the innocent man travels to London, where he encounters various rogues.’
    • ‘The idea of a band of hardcrabble rogues having a political awakening is an incredibly cool one, but it never means anything.’
    • ‘He is so convincingly cocky you want to slap him for being such a rogue.’
    • ‘He began the war fighting for the Union, and it's unknown why he switched sides, perhaps because as the leader of a band of guerrilla warriors he could indulge his life as a rogue.’
    • ‘Don Quijote is eager to challenge the rogue and the Duke says he will take care of all the arrangements and have it take place at the castle.’
    • ‘The count is a merciless rogue who reminds me of Orson Welles in Citizen Kane, only more megalomaniacal.’
    • ‘He plays John Smith, an English rogue and explorer who comes to the shores of America in chains.’
    • ‘Spade's a rogue who looks at the odds on everything before making a choice.’
    • ‘Citizen Kane is the study of one man, both a hero and a rogue, a principled egotist who wanted others to love him, but only on his terms.’
    • ‘Then there is Kawada, one of the transfer pupils, a mysterious rogue who may hold the key to getting them off alive.’
    • ‘How can you make a philandering cheater, who works his way through a family of sisters, anything but a rogue and a rat?’
    • ‘On his part, he had no doubts that the claimant was an impostor and his supporters fools and rogues.’
    • ‘He is a great actor and seeing him go from lost rogue to confused son to driven billionnaire to a conflicted hero is a blast.’
    • ‘It was made for the virtuosic talents of Mikhail Baryshnikov, and it cleverly transformed him from upright ballet hero into bowler-hatted womanizing rogue.’
    scoundrel, villain, reprobate, rascal, good-for-nothing, wretch
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    1. 1.1A person whose behavior one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likable or attractive (often used as a playful term of reproof)
      ‘Cenzo, you old rogue!’
      • ‘In fact, it's difficult to know whether it's a comedy at all, or just an entertaining movie about likeable rogues.’
      • ‘He plays the likeable rogue who uses an outlawed method of fishing: blowing the fish out of the water with dynamite.’
      • ‘With a new actor assaying the role, Dov ceases to be a charming rogue and becomes a bit of a jerk.’
      • ‘He is a likeable enough rogue, worthy of lenient treatment by this Court.’
      • ‘Joe, an aging thief, serves as the film's charming rogue, desperate for money and a clean getaway.’
      • ‘Talon in particular is supposed to be a charming, irreverent rogue with a ready sense of humor.’
      • ‘He seems like a genuinely kind and caring man - a bit of a rogue, but not a malicious one.’
      • ‘Always a rugged charmer in days gone by, he retains these traits as a loveable rogue in this film.’
      • ‘The other is Ifans, who for too long has been typecast as a loveable rogue.’
      • ‘If you know anything about Colin in real life it's that he's something of a rogue.’
      • ‘He plays David as a charismatic rogue - someone the audience is supposed to recognize as a bit of a scoundrel, but like nevertheless.’
      • ‘It's difficult not to fall in love with Ollie, the loveable rogue who can never get it right, and Affleck cleverly balances the comedy with the drama to create a fantastic leading man.’
      • ‘He was also remarkably a versatile actor, excelling equally well at noble princes and light-hearted rogues.’
      • ‘The story follows loveable Irish rogue Jimmy who is imprisoned, with his partner-in-crime Rudy, after a bungled robbery.’
      • ‘Grant's affable rogue has sufficient spirit to lift the farce.’
      • ‘The presence of these loveable rogues drew crowds to enjoy their banter and rapid-fire wit.’
      • ‘Bob was celebrated as a lovable rogue with a brilliantly creative mind.’
      • ‘We can very readily identify with the lovable rogues that sauntered across the western landscapes.’
      • ‘It made me wonder what the old rogue would have made of it all.’
      • ‘Pristine turns to see Lance is still smiling like the handsome rogue he is.’
      scamp, rascal, imp, devil, monkey, mischief-maker
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  • 2usually as modifier An elephant or other large wild animal driven away or living apart from the herd and having savage or destructive tendencies.

    ‘a rogue elephant’
    • ‘The film describes the hunting down of a rogue elephant in Assam.’
    • ‘Embarrassed, Nadeem changed the subject to the damage a rogue elephant can do.’
    1. 2.1A person or thing that behaves in an aberrant, faulty, or unpredictable way.
      ‘he hacked into data and ran rogue programs’
      • ‘The cheerful officer takes over the station, just as a rogue Minbari warship comes looking for trouble.’
      • ‘Both sequels are based on Robert Ludlum novels about a rogue CIA super assassin.’
      • ‘With organic farming, songs from k d lang and some cracking yodelling from our rogue maverick rap star, complaints should only raise a whisper.’
      • ‘A better film would have been the battle between the rogue FBI agent and convict vs. the enigmatic Brother Payne.’
      • ‘To add more fuel to the fire, the entire break-in happens in front of a rogue FBI agent who is staking out Zammeti's house from across the street.’
      • ‘He soon appears as Luther evades capture by the local police, the rogue Secret Service agents and Sullivan's hired assassin.’
      • ‘The Enterprise gang finds a planet where the normal social order has been altered by a rogue Starfleet captain looking to save his own life.’
      • ‘Without heat or gas on a bitter winter night, the rogue residents nonetheless resist distant relocation.’
      • ‘A rogue Russian rapscallion uses random acts of terror to advance his cause, which is never fully explained.’
      • ‘Proving he's just as effective at psychological warfare, Hannibal bugs their uniforms and messes with their minds until the rogue cops give themselves up.’
      • ‘Did anyone you researched think of themselves not as rogue scientists but as outsider artists, with a sheen of irony around their projects?’
      • ‘These rogue molecules corrupt healthy cells - a process that ultimately underlies cellular aging.’
      • ‘There are still rogue casino operators out there that are looking for a quick kill but they are in the minority.’
      • ‘For the Northern Great Plains, outbreaks of this rogue RNA molecule in winter wheat can mean big losses.’
      • ‘The police and the press surround the rogue aircraft and await its inhabitants to depart.’
      • ‘The story turns rote, like a billion spy novels where the rogue agent has to meet his superiors and turn the tables.’
      • ‘A new documentary that premiered at the Sundance festival film last week argues that these rogue companies aren't the exception, they're the rule.’
      • ‘Are these rogue sciences crimes against nature?’
      • ‘Rogue states and terrorists do not seek to attack us using conventional means.’
      • ‘Poor quality paving work by rogue traders has left homeowners facing massive repair bills.’
    2. 2.2An inferior or defective specimen among many satisfactory ones, especially a seedling or plant deviating from the standard variety.

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Remove inferior or defective plants or seedlings from (a crop)

    ‘the sowing has to be rogued to remove aberrant seedlings’
    • ‘If the inspector finds too many plants with virus, the grower needs to clean up the field by roguing and carrying the diseased plants out of the field.’
    • ‘Most varieties won't be found in the US and many of the older ones have degenerated from the original because of being raised from seed not properly rogued.’
    • ‘Most varieties require careful roguing and selection to maintain or improve them.’
    • ‘Major characteristics to consider when it comes to roguing are general plant stem and leaves, and pod wall colour at maturity.’
    • ‘The best management for soybean mosaic virus is to use virus-free seed and rogue out infected plants in seed production fields.’


    go rogue
    • Behave erratically or dangerously, especially by disregarding the rules or the usual way of doing something.

      • ‘leaders going rogue at press conferences can mean you have a serious problem’


Mid 16th century (denoting an idle vagrant): probably from Latin rogare ‘beg, ask’, and related to obsolete slang roger ‘vagrant beggar’ (many such cant terms were introduced towards the middle of the 16th century).