from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
  • n. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
  • n. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
  • n. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
  • n. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
  • adj. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
  • adj. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado.
  • adj. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: "How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?” ( Saul Hansell).
  • transitive v. To defraud.
  • transitive v. To remove (diseased or abnormal specimens) from a group of plants of the same variety.
  • intransitive v. To remove diseased or abnormal plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person.
  • n. A mischievous scamp.
  • n. A vagrant.
  • n. Deceitful software pretending to be anti-spyware, but in fact being malicious software itself.
  • n. An aggressive animal separate from the herd, especially an elephant.
  • n. A plant that shows some undesirable variation.
  • adj. Vicious and solitary.
  • adj. Large, destructive and unpredictable.
  • adj. Deceitful, unprincipled.
  • v. To cull; to destroy plants not meeting a required standard. Especially when saving seed, rogue or unwanted plants are removed before pollination.
  • v. To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.
  • n. A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.
  • n. One who is pleasantly mischievous or frolicsome; hence, often used as a term of endearment.
  • n. An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone, in which state it is very savage.
  • n. A worthless plant occuring among seedlings of some choice variety.
  • intransitive v. To wander; to play the vagabond; to play knavish tricks.
  • transitive v. To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry.
  • transitive v. To destroy (plants that do not come up to a required standard).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To play the rogue; play knavish tricks.
  • To wander; tramp; play the vagabond.
  • To call (one) a rogue; denounce as a rogue; stigmatize as a cheat or impostor.
  • To cheat; injure by roguery.
  • To uproot or destroy, as plants which do not conform to a desired standard.
  • n. A vagrant; a sturdy beggar; a tramp.
  • n. A knave; a dishonest person; a rascal: applied generally to males.
  • n. A sly fellow; a wag.
  • n. A mischievous or playful person: applied in slight endearment to children or women. Compare roguish, 3.
  • n. A rogue elephant (which see, under elephant).
  • n. A plant that falls short of a standard required by nurserymen, gardeners, etc.
  • n. Synonyms Cheat, sharper, scamp, swindler.
  • n. A bait, used in the sardine fishery, consisting of an oily dough made of the roe and entrails of codfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle French rogue ("arrogant, haughty"), from Old Northern French rogre, from Old Norse hrokr ("excess, exuberance")



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    December 21, 2009

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    December 20, 2009

  • 1570 LEVINS Manip. 157/47 To Roge, vagari.

    June 23, 2008

  • ROgUE

    May 10, 2008

  • Too often wrongly spelled as rouge.

    October 29, 2007