American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deceitful; unprincipled: Set adrift by his roguish crew, the captain of the ship spent a week alone at sea.
- adj. Playfully mischievous: a roguish grin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Vagrant.
- adj. Resembling, or characteristic of, a rogue; knavish.
- adj. Pleasantly mischievous; waggish; arch.
- adj. playful in an appealingly bold way
- adj. lacking principles or scruples
- rogue + -ish (Wiktionary)
“Yes, at first this Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Drag Me To Hell) and Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess) produced show was known as the roguish series with lots of blood and lots of boobs.”
“Satyrs are described as roguish but faint-hearted folk — subversive and dangerous, yet shy and cowardly.”
“And there was, strangely enough, what Craddock could only describe as a roguish twinkle in her faded blue eyes.”
“ (He vividly recalled the roguish black eyes of Mlle. Roland and her smile.) But after all, while she was in the house, I kept myself in hand.”
“His persona there is what I suppose you would call roguish, impish, twinkling or some similarly emetic term and he simply cannot afford to get Private Eye involved in anything remotely controversial or interesting because of the danger that his mainstream audience would drop him as fast as Gerald Ratner's customers dropped him if they found out that he was mixed in in any real world nastiness like proper investigative journalism.”
“My suspicion about the long-lived and very tiresome bacon craze is that the rise of vegetarianism and veganism, dietary choices often (but by no means always) promoted by the smug and priggish, has lent meat-eating a kind of roguish cachet, like letting your child go to play-date without his elbow pads.”
“In Solitary Man, written and directed by the team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien and opening Friday (5/21/10) in limited release, Kalmen is played by Michael Douglas with exactly the kind of roguish charm that Douglas has perfected over the course of his career.”
“Only one nation above all others is a threat to world security and peace, and that nation is the most "roguish" of all.”
“My dear man of moods! my good vagabond! my windlestraw of circumstance! constant only to one ideal -- the unattainable perfection in a kind of roguish art.”
“Now Empire is reporting that Rapunzel will be voiced by Mandy Moore, and that Chuck’s Levi will voice what’s being described as a roguish bandit in the Digital, 3D-animated, musical, action-adventure feature.”
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