Definition of roguish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrōɡiSH/


1Characteristic of a dishonest or unprincipled person: he led a roguish and uncertain existence
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  • There is an awkward hero, there are a whole band of roguish characters, and there is the requisite bad guy.
  • The company is a decidedly mixed bunch, and inevitably a few ‘dirty stories’ are told by the more roguish members of the group.
  • He's a creation of note, that's for sure: smug, weasely, roguish.
unprincipled, dishonest, deceitful, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, shameless;
wicked, villainous
informal shady, scoundrelly, rascally
archaic knavish
1.1Playfully mischievous, especially in a way that is sexually attractive: he gave her a roguish smile
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  • Certainly there's a picaresque or roguish quality to many of the characters and elaborately exaggerated situations presented here, but that only tells part of the tale.
  • With his trousers hoisted slightly too high above his waist, long grey hair grazing his collar and a roguish glint in his eye, he charmed us all instantly with a combination of naivety and directness.
  • His face cracks into a lop-sided, roguish grin.
mischievous, playful, teasing, naughty, cheeky, wicked, impish, devilish, arch
informal waggish



Pronunciation: /ˈrōɡiSHlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘I'm so relieved to be back here… I was worried for a bit,’ Asriya admitted, leaning against the balcony and turning to face the Prince, who smiled roguishly.
  • Though she addressed the Englishman, her eyes were trained on Theroux, who winked roguishly at her.
  • Pouting in good humor, Griffith reasoned roguishly, ‘Well, you can't blame me for trying, now can you?’


Pronunciation: /ˈrōɡiSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • I meant to convey not just his charismatic drawl but also his character - unsentimental, tough to the point of roguishness with a concealed heart of gold.
  • He doesn't fall back on his roguishness; nor does he strain for charm, relying instead on the pulse of the words.
  • He laughs, the old roguishness oozing back into his expression.

Words that rhyme with roguish


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Syllabification: ro·guish

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