- The definition of rogue is something that is out of ordinary, or against the rules.
- A wave that comes without warning is an example of something rogue; a rogue wave.
- An elephant that wanders away from the herd is rogue; a rogue elephant.
- A rogue is defined as a scoundrel or a playful trouble-maker.
- A playboy who treats women badly is an example of a rogue.
- An actor who frequently is in the news for bad-boy behavior is an example of a rogue.
- Obs. a wandering beggar or tramp; vagabond
- a rascal; scoundrel
- a fun-loving, mischievous person
- an elephant or other animal that wanders apart from the herd and is fierce and wild
- Biol. an individual varying markedly from the standard, esp. an inferior one
Origin of roguefrom 16th-c. thieves' slang from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin rogare, to ask: see rogation
transitive verbrogued, ro′guing
- to cheat
- to destroy (plants, etc.) as biological rogues
- to remove such plants, etc. from (land, etc.)
- acting in defiance of established laws, customs, etc.: a rogue nation
- lacking required authorization, supervision, etc.: a rogue intelligence operation
- An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
- One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.
- A wandering beggar; a vagrant.
- A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.
- An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.
- Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.
- Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: rogue tornado.
- Operating outside normal or desirable controls: “How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?” ( Saul Hansell )
verbrogued, rogu·ing, rogues
Origin of rogueOrigin unknown
- A scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person.
- A mischievous scamp.
- A vagrant.
- Deceitful software pretending to be anti-spyware, but in fact being malicious software itself.
- An aggressive animal separate from the herd, especially an elephant.
- A plant that shows some undesirable variation.
- (role-playing games) A character class focusing on stealthy conduct.
(comparative more rogue, superlative most rogue)
(third-person singular simple present rogues, present participle roguing, simple past and past participle rogued)
- (horticulture) To cull; to destroy plants not meeting a required standard. Especially when saving seed, rogue or unwanted plants are removed before pollination.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.