Definition of rogue in English:


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Pronunciation: /rəʊg


  • 2 [usually as modifier] An elephant or other large wild animal 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 or unpredictable way, typically with damaging or dangerous effects: he hacked into data and ran rogue programs a rogue cop who took the law into his own hands
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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.
  • 2.2A seedling or plant deviating from the standard variety.


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  • Remove inferior or defective plants or seedlings from (a crop): the sowing has to be rogued to remove aberrant seedlings
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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.


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).

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