Definition of rogue in English:

rogue

Syllabification: rogue
Pronunciation: /rōg
 
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noun

1A dishonest or unprincipled man: you are a rogue and an embezzler
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  • 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.
Synonyms
scoundrel, villain, miscreant, reprobate, rascal, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, wretch
informal rat, dog, louse, crook
dated cad
archaic blackguard, picaroon, knave
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!
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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 elephant
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  • 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 programs
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  • 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.
2.2An inferior or defective specimen among many satisfactory ones, especially a seedling or plant deviating from the standard variety.

verb

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Remove inferior or defective plants or seedlings from (a crop).
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  • 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.

Origin

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).

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