- 1A dishonest or unprincipled man: you are a rogue and an embezzlerMore example sentences
- Beginning in sixteenth-century England, a distinct criminal culture of rogues, vagabonds, gypsies, beggars, cony-catchers, 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.
- 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!More example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [usually 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 elephantMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1A person or thing that behaves in an aberrant, faulty, or unpredictable way: he hacked into data and ran rogue programsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Remove inferior or defective plants or seedlings from (a crop).More example sentences
- 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.
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 toward the middle of the 16th century).